Philadelphia Eagles solid safety Nate Allen has been listed questionable on the team’s official injury report after not practicing on Friday or Saturday, which means that the Eagles could be forced to start David Sims at safety on Monday Night Football. That would mean starting a player who has never taken a snap in the NFL and forcing them to go up against the likes of Jimmy Graham when facing Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints high-powered offense.
Allen has been dealing with hamstring issues ever since he sustained the injury in Week 6 against the Detroit Lions. Safety is a position that the Eagles are extremely thin at, which makes Allen such an important player to this defense. The alternative to Sims is Colt Anderson, and he has already struggled when asked to play in Allen’s stead.
The third-year safety out of USF has recorded 40 tackles and three passes defended this season, and the Eagles will need him to be healthy tomorrow.
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is also listed questionable, but there is more of a chance that he plays against the Saints. The Eagles have already ruled out Danny Watkins and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard for this game, but neither loss is a major one. In fact, Dennis Kelly has played well when starting for Watkins during the past two weeks and has a solid 6’8″ frame. The rookie could grasp the starting role, because Watkins has been dreadful this season; his miscues in pass protection have been especially poor.
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