Celek leaves game vs. Bucs with a concussion
TAMPA, Fla. -- Stop us if you’ve heard this before: an Eagles starter on offense has been sidelined with an injury.
Tight end Brent Celek left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay after the first play from scrimmage after he sustained a concussion, which prevents him returning to the game by NFL rule. Celek was replaced by backup Clay Harbor.
Celek will now have to advance through the team’s five-step recovery program, which includes staying symptom-free, and be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can get back on the field.
The Eagles have a short turnaround for Thursday night’s game against the Bengals at the Linc, increasing the likelihood of Celek being sidelined again..
The Eagles were already without Pro Bowl starters Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, who have been stalled at stage four of the concussion recovery program. Neither made the trip to Tampa.
They were also without left tackle Jason Peters (Achilles), center Jason Kelce (knee), right tackle Todd Herremans (foot) and Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson (ribs), each of which is out for the year.
Celek’s departure left the Eagles with their seventh backup in the starting 11 on offense. If you count right guard Danny Watkins, who first was sidelined by an ankle injury and then lost his job to Jake Scott, the Eagles are playing with eight backups on offense.E-mail Geoff Mosher at email@example.com