Eagles CB Nolan Carroll Suffers Broken Right Ankle

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without cornerback Nolan Carroll for the rest of the season. Carroll suffered a broken right ankle in the first half of the Eagles' Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions. 

Carroll was starting for the Eagles this season, across from high-priced free agent acquisition Byron Maxwell. Carroll had recorded 56 tackles this year, which was already a career-high. He picked off two passes and broke up 10 more. He had arguably outplayed Maxwell making him the Eagles' top corner. 

Eric Rowe took over for Carroll, and the Lions targeted Rowe frequently when Carroll went out. A second round pick out of Utah in the most recent draft, Rowe found himself matchup against Calvin Johnson and wasn't able to effectively cover him.

The loss of Carroll means the Eagles are down to Maxwell, Rowe and backup E.J. Biggers at corner. Rookie Denzel Rice was a healthy scratch. 

Carroll signed a two-year contract with the Eagles before last season. He is a free agent after the year, when he'll be 29. 

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