The Philadelphia Eagles have activated offensive guard Evan Mathis from injured reserve/designated for return and placed fellow guard Todd Herremans on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.
Herremans tore his biceps in Philadelphia's loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 26 but attempted to play through it in the team's win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The lineman was clearly limited by a brace he wore on his arm and also injured his ankle during the game, leading to the decision to place him on IR.
The Eagles' offensive line has dealt with injuries and absences all season. Besides Mathis' injury, Allen Barbre injured his ankle in Week 1 and was placed on season-ending IR. Barbre started the opener at right tackle in place of Lane Johnson, who was suspended for the first four games of the season due to a failed offseason drug test.
Matt Tobin, who started in place of Mathis during his absence, is expected to take over for Herremans at guard. Herremans, 32, was drafted by the Eagles in 2005 and has been a full-time starter for the team since 2006. Mathis, 33, joined the team in 2011 and was First Team All-Pro last season.
The Eagles had two additional significant injuries against the Texans as well. Quarterback Nick Foles fractured his collarbone and is out six to eight weeks, while linebacker DeMeco Ryans tore his Achilles and is out for the rest of the season.
Philadelphia is 6-2 this season and in first place in the NFC East.
- Ben Estes