Are the Philadelphia Eagles’ linebackers a cause for concern?

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Joe Walker #59, Nigel Bradham #53 and Jordan Hicks #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles pose for a photo during Super Bowl LII practice on February 3, 2018 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on February 4th. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

On paper, the Philadelphia Eagles are almost completely flawless, save for potentially one position group.

The Philadelphia Eagles are defending Super Bowl champions. It’s always nice to remind people of that fact. Part of the reason many experts have the Eagles penciled in as the favorites to win Super Bowl LIII and repeat as Super Bowl Champions, and that’s because they have, arguably, the most stacked and complete team in the NFL.

Simply put, the Eagles are loaded, and across the board, one would be hard pressed to find a position group that would be considered a “weakness” or a “need”.

There is one, however, that could potentially fit this mold.

When the Eagles decided to release veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks on May 22nd, they opened the floodgates for an open competition for the starting weak side linebacker position. Kendricks has since signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Free agent acquisition from the Detroit Lions, and Delaware native, Paul Worrilow was the early favorite to take over. Then, he suffered a torn ACL on the first day of OTAs, ironically the same day the team said “sayonara” to Kendricks. Obviously this wasn’t a scenario the team envisioned at the start of the offseason.

Let’s take a look at some possible scenarios.

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