PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles 31-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday improved them to 6-2 on the season, but it also came at a price as quarterback Nick Foles and linebacker DeMeco Ryans both were lost to injury.
Anytime a quarterback gets hurt that is what most of the talk will focus on, but the Ryans injury is just as big a story for this team. Ryans will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.READ MORE: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
“It was tough to see,” Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin tells KYW Newsradio about Ryans getting hurt. “I saw him do that in the same part of the field (when Ryans suffered an Achilles injury in 2010) when I was playing with him in Houston. So it was a little weird to see that happen. Obviously, it’s terrible to see him go down like that. He’s not a guy that you can replace, but we’re going to try our best to do that. To do it, we’ll have to do it by committee. I think everybody at the linebacker group needs to step and try and replace what we are going to lose with him.”
Listen to the entire interview with Eagles LB Connor Barwin . .
Barwin says Ryans is a huge loss not just on the field, but in the locker room as well.
“What makes DeMeco such a great leader is his steadiness,” Barwin says. “And that’s what makes him great in the locker room. So guys will have to step up and replace that. But he’ll be around. He sticks around. In Philly, when guys get hurt, (head coach) Chip (Kelly) has them stick around, so he’ll be around.”
Sunday was a bit of a homecoming for Barwin, as he spent his first four seasons in Houston before signing with the Eagles as a free agent in 2013. He talks about his first game back in the stadium he use to call home.READ MORE: Giant Supermarket Chain Opening 4 New Stores In Philadelphia, Hiring 700 Employees
“It was a little weird at first, seeing everybody I know before the game,” Barwin says. “Even the beginning of the game was a little weird. But once we got started, it started to feel normal, once we got the game going.”
Barwin leads the Eagles with seven quarterback sacks this season after picking up one yesterday against his old team.
Barwin spoke to KYW Newsradio on Monday after helping to revitalize the community garden at Strawberry Mansion High School as part of the organization’s “Community Monday” initiative. The Eagles have also announced an online food drive benefiting the Coalition Against Hunger. For more information on that, or to donate, click here.
Next up for the Eagles, they will host Carolina on Monday night, November 10th.
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