The Philadelphia Eagles were already dealing with the injury bug before their Week 17 matchup against the New Orleans Saints and looked to take another big hit.
Josh Sweat, a rising pass-rusher who has 11 sacks so far this season, was carried off the field against the Saints on Sunday after hitting his head while trying to catch running back Adam Prentice with a tackle in the first quarter. play.
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The fifth-year defensive end leaned headfirst into Prentice’s 6-foot, 245-pound frame and went down. The car left for Sweat and they put him on a stretcher and placed him in the back of the vehicle. His teammates from the Eagles came out onto the field showing their concern for the defense.
The Eagles said Sweat was transported to the hospital with a neck injury as a precaution. The team said he had «movement in all extremities.»
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Sweat, 25, has been a major reason Philadelphia went 13-2 on the year and ranked second in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed in the 2022 season.
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Sweat’s 11 sacks were a career high. He also posted career high numbers in tackles (47), tackles for loss (15) and QB hits (15). However, he didn’t earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.