DeVonta Smith has been a bright spot for the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver group through the first week of practice, the spark plug that position badly needed. The wide receiver group will have to go a few weeks without Smith, as the Eagles listed their first-round pick as "week-to-week" with a knee sprain. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Smith is out two to three weeks with a sprained MCL.
The Eagles aren't concerned with the injury, even if Smith will miss a few weeks and potentially a few preseason games. Smith injured the knee during Saturday's practice. Smith tweaked his knee making a catch on a low throw, but was able to stick around for the rest of the practice (even though he was sidelined).
Smith is clearly the No. 1 wide receiver through the first few practices, as no Eagles wide receivers have stepped up in the early going. Jalen Reagor failed a conditioning test and has struggled with the murder of a close friend, so he's been limited in the early going. Reagor is a full participant in Monday's practice and is the No. 1 wide receiver in Smith's absence.
Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside haven't stood out through four sessions, and Quez Watkins has been limited with a non-COVID related illness. The Eagles don't start full-padded practices until Tuesday, so there's an opening for playing time while Smith is out.
Michael Walker, who had an excellent first week of camp, also went to the trainer's tent during Monday's practice. Fulgham, Hightower, Reagor, Arcega-Whiteside, Jhamon Ausbon and Andre Patton (who signed last week) are the only full participants at wide receiver. To say the Eagles are thin at the position is an understatement.
Smith wasn't likely to see that much action in the preseason as a first-team player, even though game reps are vital for rookies. Getting him 100% healthy over the next few weeks is the top priority.