Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has sustained a torn ACL in his right knee, one day after cornerback Brandon Boykin was traded to the Steelers.
Shepherd was carted off the field after colliding with running back Darren Sproles during practice on Sunday, just over a week after the Eagles announced they had traded three-year veteran cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Steelers for a 2016 draft pick.
The Eagles selected three cornerbacks in the 2015 draft: Shepherd (sixth round), Eric Rowe (second round) and Randall Evans (sixth round). Shepherd had been undergoing the most reps of the three rookies at the position.
Jaylen Watkins, a fourth-round pick in 2014, is slated to take Shepherd's place at nickel cornerback.
Philadelphia signed No. 1 cornerback Byron Maxwell to a six-year, $63 million contract this off-season.
The Eagles play their first preseason game against the Colts on Sunday.
- Erin Flynn