Slot cornerback Avonte Maddox is the second Eagles player known to have undergone surgery since the season ended with a Super Bowl LVII loss to Kansas City.
The Pitt product confirmed the news himself with a photo earlier this week on Instagram. Maddox was dealing with a painful turf toe injury on his left foot suffered on Dec. 24 at Dallas and was able to return to the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent and was still using a walking boot at times as a precautionary measure in the lead up to the Super Bowl.
Last week, All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson had surgery in Philadelphia performed by Dr. William Meyers to repair his torn adductor muscle.
Maddox had a tough season when it came to injuries, also missing time with ankle and hamstring issues. The ankle cost Maddox two games, the hamstring sent him to injured reserve for four and the toe injury forced him to miss the final two regular-season games and the divisional-round playoff win over the New York Giants.
When he was on the field, however, Maddox proved to be one of the better slot CBs in the NFL and even played a hybrid role by toggling back and forth from the slot and safety when C.J. Garner-Johnson was out with a lacerated kidney.
EAGLES LOSE QC ASSISTANT
The Eagles lost a fourth assistant coach Wednesday when defensive quality control coach Joe Kasper left to become the safeties coach under Mike McDaniel and Vic Fangio in Miami.
While not as high profile as the other losses — Shane Steichen, Jonathan Gannon, and Nick Rallis — Kasper is another piece of the puzzle Nick Sirianni must replace, a far cry from last offseason when the only real loss on the coaching staff was special projects consultant Jim Bob Cooter.
Kasper spent the last two years as a defensive quality control coach under Sirianni and gets a promotion in Miami where he replaces Steve Gregory, who was let go by the Dolphins.
The connection can be traced back to 2013 and 2014 when Kasper was a player personnel and development assistant with the Browns when McDaniel was the wide receivers coach under Mike Pettite. The Eagles plucked Kasper from Duke University where he worked with the quarterbacks (2020) and defensive backs (2018-19) as a graduate assistant.
The current holdovers on the defensive staff are secondary coach Dennard Wilson, who is believed to be a candidate to replace Gannon as the defensive coordinator, defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, edge rushing coach Jeremiah Washburn, assistant secondary coach D.K. McDonald, and defensive assistant Tyler Scudder.
Sirianni has noted that Scudder is a potential option for an in-house promotion.