Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Josh Huff suffered a shoulder injury in the team’s most recent preseason game against the New England Patriots, and the injury was initially believed to be serious. However, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly stated yesterday that Huff wouldn’t need surgery, and while that didn’t explain everything, it was some very positive news. If a rookie needs surgery or misses a significant amount of time, then they usually hit the injured reserve and get a “redshirt” year to develop, as the team can also save a roster spot that way (this happened to fellow rookie wideout Shaq Evans of the New York Jets yesterday).
According to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Huff confirmed that there is nothing serious about the nature of his shoulder injury, and he stated that he’ll be back out there soon, “I’m not down about the injury or anything, because it could be a lot worse. I’m thankful the injury is what it is . . . and I can get back out there.”
Huff stated that he will “definitely” be back soon, and it sounds like he may have just suffered a sprain. He’s expected to be the team’s No. 4 receiver once he returns, and he’ll give the Eagles some nice special teams value after returning a kick-off for a 102-yard touchdown in the team’s first preseason game against the Chicago Bears. Huff has nice tools and was a third-round pick, and he also played under Kelly at Oregon.