Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert suffered a broken forearm in Sunday’s 28-23 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, putting him on the sideline for the foreseeable future. The injury occurred in the third quarter when Goedert caught a 28-yard pass and was tackled by Cowboys safety Markquese Bell, who fell on Goedert’s forearm. X-rays confirmed the fracture and Goedert underwent further imaging to assess the severity of the injury.
The Eagles, with an 8-1 record, head into their bye week with several key players nursing injuries, including Goedert and quarterback Jalen Hurts. Despite missing Goedert for five games last season, the team managed to go 5-0, and they are hopeful to have him back toward the end of this season.
According to former NFL team doctor Dr. David Chao, Goedert’s injury is not season-ending, but he is expected to miss multiple weeks. Broken forearms typically take three to six months to heal, but Goedert will aim to return sometime in early December.
Goedert has been an essential part of the Eagles’ offense this season, catching 38 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns. His absence will be felt, but the team has faith in their veteran tight ends Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra, and new addition Albert Okwuegbunam to step up in his place.
Looking ahead, the Eagles are focused on returning to the Super Bowl and have good odds to do so, with +550 odds to win and a 65% chance of securing a first-round bye in the playoffs. However, they face a challenging stretch of games after their bye, including matchups against playoff teams from last season such as the Chiefs, Bills, 49ers, Cowboys, and Seahawks.
The Eagles are also the favorites to win the NFC East, aiming to become the first team in 19 seasons to win back-to-back divisional titles. They will close out their regular season with three games against struggling NFC opponents, including two games against the New York Giants and a matchup with the one-win Arizona Cardinals.