The Eagles’ Dallas Goedert is sidelined with a shoulder injury

Not only did the umpires miss an apparent call for the face mask Monday night, but Dallas Goedert was also injured in the game.

And now Goedert is expected to be out for several weeks with a shoulder injury, confirmed NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. NFL Network first reported the news.

While this injury isn’t a season-ending injury, Goedert is one of those players the Eagles really couldn’t afford to lose. He’s one of their best and most dependable players and, halfway through a career season, was one of the top tight ends in the NFL.

Goedert, 27, was injured in the fourth quarter when he was pulled down by his face mask (uncredited) and then fumbled the ball away. That turnover led to a 55-yard field goal in the Eagles’ 32-21 loss to the Commanders Monday night that dropped the Eagles to 8-1 in the season.

While the play was reviewed, the missing face mask was not part of the review. Referee Alex Kemp was asked about the missed call by pool reporter Zach Berman of The Athletic.

“We didn’t see a face mask on the field,” Kemp said. “As far as verification goes, we checked if he was down by contact or if it was a fumble, and if the Washington player who recovered the ball was also down by contact.”

If the Eagles put Goedert on IR, he’d miss four games and couldn’t return until Week 15 at the earliest. The Eagles will have to make that decision soon.

In nine games this season, Goedert has had 43 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns, on his way to career highs and a likely Pro Bowl appearance. Now we have to see how long he’s out.

Without Goedert, the Eagles have two tight ends on their roster. UDFA sophomore Jack Stoll will be #1, sixth round rookie Grant Calcaterra will be #2 and we might see Tyree Jackson activated by PUP.

Jackson was on the reserve/PUP list all season after tearing his cruciate ligament late in the 2021 season. But the Eagles activated Jackson’s 21-day practice window on Oct. 26. So at least this injury came just before the Eagles had to make that decision.

But without Goedert, the Eagles have very limited experience. While Stoll has played a lot in his two years in the NFL, all three of those tight ends haven’t caught many NFL-level passes. Together, these three have 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles also have Noah Togiai on their practice team, but none of these guys can play like Goedert. And that’s not even considering how much Goedert means to the Eagles as a blocker.

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