A non-call for an obvious face mask that was never called has now cost the Philadelphia Eagles their starting tight end for multiple weeks. Dallas Goedert will miss “extended time” with a shoulder injury, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, but he won’t be out for the remainder of the season. The team is debating whether to put Goedert on injured reserve.

Goedert was injured early in the fourth quarter on Monday Night Football when John Ridgeway landed on top of him after jarring the ball loose. Washington Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis grabbed Goedert’s face mask as Ridgeway was making the tackle which was ignored by the officials. After the game, head referee Alex Kemp explained why there was no penalty called.

“We didn’t see a face mask on the field,” Kemp said. “As far as the review, we were reviewing whether he was down by contact or whether it was a fumble and then whether the Washington player who recovered the ball was also down by contact.”

refs miss the facemask on Goedert as he fumbles and washington recovers pic.twitter.com/r7PtrqXUwb

— Ted Buddwell 🏀🏈 (@TedBuddy8) November 15, 2022

The play was a pivotal moment in the contest since it negated a 2-yard gain by Goedert on 3rd-and-1. Instead, it was ruled a fumble and Goedert ran off to the sideline where he was evaluated for injury. He later returned but the damage was done. Commanders kicker Joey Slye made a 55-yard field goal to extend Washington’s lead to 26-21.

Head coach Nick Sirianni could have easily blamed the refs for botching the call. Instead, he took the high road and credited his defense for keeping Washington out of the end zone.

“We have to have better ball security there,” Sirianni said. “We take a lot of pride in the way we protect the football. We were obviously loose with it there, that’s how they got it out. The defense did a nice job of stopping them there, so we held them to three.”

#Eagles TE Dallas Goedert will miss extended time with a shoulder injury suffered in the win over the #Commanders last night, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Not a season-ender though. Injury added to insult on the play with the missed facemask that put him in harm’s way. pic.twitter.com/ndOPCiwKD2

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


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