The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that they have placed G Evan Mathis on injured reserve with the designation to return after he suffered an MCL injury.
Previous reports indicated that Mathis could out 6-8 weeks with a sprained MCL, so this moves actually makes a good deal of sense for the Eagles.
Mathis, 32, is in third year of his five-year, $25 million contract that includes $7 million guaranteed and will make a base salary of $5 million for the 2014 season.
Last year, he appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 guard in the league by a wide margin.
Interestingly enough, the Eagles reportedly field trade offers from Mathis this past offseason, but nothing ever materialized.