Sheppard injury will hurt Eagles
The Pro Bowler dislocated his elbow last week and will be lost for at least this week's game. In losing Sheppard, the Eagles lose not only a team leader but their No. 1 corner, who led the team with six interceptions during the regular season.
So now the question becomes, how do they compensate for the loss? The Eagles will start Roderick Hood at one corner and Joselio Hanson will be the No. 3. Hood does not possess the same ball skills, foot speed or quickness that Sheppard does, but the Eagles have been somewhat able to "hide" him this season as the No. 3 corner. They will not have that luxury this week. The injury also puts Hanson in the spotlight against the Saints, who finished the regular season with the league's No. 1-ranked pass offense.