An MRI revealed that Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby’s dislocated ankle will not require surgery, a team source confirmed to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Coach Doug Pederson would not confirm the report during his news conference on Monday, saying he is still gathering information.
A team source confirmed that Darby received the best possible diagnosis, and doctors believe he is in a 4-6 week timeframe to rehab and return. The team has encouraged Darby to get a second opinion, and Darby is expected to see Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina, the source added.
Kicker Caleb Sturgis, meanwhile, injured his hip early in the season opener against Washington on Sunday and is expected to miss time. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sturgis is expected to miss four weeks. Pederson said the Eagles will work out kickers this week.
The Free Press is reporting among the punters the team is bringing in for workouts are former Miami punter Matt Darr and Drew Butler, who was a camp leg for the Lions in 2014.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday he didn’t think fitting in to the team on short notice was more difficult for a punter than other positions — including offensive line, secondary and quarterback.
“I can think there are a lot that are a lot more difficult,” Caldwell said. “But it’s just a matter of a guy doing his job, plain and simple. There are going to be some things he’s not going to know right away. We can limit that but if he does his main job, that’s what counts.”
Caldwell also declined — again — to explain how Martin was injured this summer. Caldwell had initially said Martin would be back during training camp, but he never participated in practice. When asked if he was disappointed in Martin for getting hurt, Caldwell didn’t answer the question and walked off the podium.