Eagles starting cornerback Nolan Carroll had to leave his team's game on Sunday and did not return against the Atlanta Falcons after suffering a concussion. Carroll suffered the concussion on a 2nd‑and‑16 play on the Eagles' 48‑yard line with 56 seconds to play to play in the half while making a tackle. Carroll was down on the field for a few minutes with trainers before walking off under his own power. The Eagles were winning 7‑6 when he left.
It was announced that Carroll wouldn't return midway through the third quarter. With Carroll out, the Eagles put in Leodis McKelvin, who is normally a starter, but was not playing prior to Carroll's injury. It is unclear why McKelvin wasn't playing, but the cornerback has been dealing with a hamstring injury over the past month.
Carroll will now enter the NFL's concussion protocol, putting his status for next Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks in question.Carroll has been the team's best cornerback this season, and losing him for any amount of time would be a tough blow to the Eagles' defense, which is already thin at cornerback.
The Eagles signed cornerback Aaron Grymes earlier this week from the practice squad due to McKelvin's injury, and had to promote cornerback C.J. Smith from the practice squad earlier this season as well. If Carroll can't play next Sunday, the team will likely start McKelvin opposite Jalen Mills, assuming McKelvin can play.