Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp will miss Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a strained or torn pectoral muscle. This means that former Canadian League player Phillip Hunt will take his place.
The severity of Tapp’s injury is unknown at this point. Andy Reid stated earlier this week that he “tore it pretty good” but also added that he didn’t think the injury would be long term.
Tapp’s status is worth keeping an eye on. He’s been a productive player for the Eagles after they signed him in March of 2010. In limited playing time last season he recorded three sacks and recovered three fumbles.
It seems that whenever he gets a chance to play, he makes something happen. Just last week, he recorded a sack and forced the fumble that Juqua Parker scooped up and returned for a touchdown.
I see him as a valuable part of the rotation at defensive end so I hope he’s not out very long.
How long Tapp misses will depend on the severity of the tear. According to Core Performance, a Grade 1 tear only takes a few days to recover from. A Grade 2 tear takes about 2-6 weeks for recovery while a Grade 3 takes months.
Based on what Reid stated and the fact that he’s missing this game, it sounds like a Grade 2 tear. Let’s hope that’s all it is.
Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game in the NFL. Many times one player’s misfortune becomes another player’s fortune.
That could be the case for Phillip Hunt.
Hunt originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2009 but was cut just before the season started. He then decided to head north to Canada and play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for two years.
Last season he broke out with 16 sacks over the course of 18 games for the Bombers. This caught the eye of some NFL scouts and led to some workouts with the Miami Dolphins and Eagles.
The Dolphins have already plucked one player from the CFL and struck gold with DE Cameron Wake. In two seasons with Miami, Wake has recorded 19.5 sacks, including 14 last year.
The Eagles hope they’ve found themselves their version of Wake in Phillip Hunt.
Hunt looked good in the preseason in recording three sacks. This earned him a roster spot over last year’s third-round draft pick Daniel Te’o Nesheim.
As quoted by Mark Kram of Philly.com, Hunt is ready for this opportunity:
“I feel like I am 100 percent ready,” Hunt said. “I am going to go out there, play with a lot of energy and look for good things to happen. The opportunity has presented itself,” he said. “Now, I just want to go out there, make plays and do what I have to do to be a legitimate player in the league.”
In all reality, Hunt will most likely only be in for a limited amount of plays this week. The Eagles will primarily rotate Jason Babin, Trent Cole and Juqua Parker for the majority of the snaps.
The door for Hunt is creaking open a tiny bit here, hopefully he’s ready to at least get his foot in, if not bust it wide open.
Maybe he should take a lesson from Eminem and “Lose Himself” in the moment:
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?