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Eagles WR DeVonta Smith suffers unfortunate knee injury setback ahead of rookie season

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith is expected to be a key part of the offense in 2021. However, he’s suffered an injury setback with training camp just starting up.

This is definitely not ideal for the Eagles or the reigning Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama, who Philly nabbed at 10th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the team is reportedly not too worried, with the injury being considered minor:

There is a positive way to look at this. Smith could’ve suffered an injury like this during the season. That would have been a much bigger blow to the Eagles.

The 22-year-old has been reunited with his former college quarterback, Jalen Hurts and has impressed thus far in camp. Head coach Nick Sirianni has even praised Smith’s early showings:

“I give so much credit to DeVonta and his fundamentals,” Sirianni said after one practice. “He has worked at his game. He’s worked at his craft, and I give so much credit to the coaches at Alabama for improving his game. That is how a player gets better. His fundamentals are really polished for a young player. A lot of credit to him.”

In three practices, Smith has collected 10 catches for three TD’s, while suffering no drops. Although some scouts had concerns about his lack of size and how it would translate to the NFL, he seems to be settling in just fine with the Eagles and should be ready for the beginning of the season considering it’s just a knee sprain.