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Nakobe Dean

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22 yrs


5'11'' / 231 lbs




Heads to IR

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-12

Dean (foot) was placed on Philadelphia's injured reserve list Tuesday.

Dean suffered a foot injury during the team's 25-20 win against New England this past Sunday. Philadelphia's starting middle linebacker was seen in a walking boot after the game and has since been placed on IR. The 22-year-old will now be forced to miss at least the next four weeks of the season.

Weekly Stats 2022

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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

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Multi-week absence ahead

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-11

Dean (foot) is expected to miss multiple weeks due to the injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Dean recorded seven tackles (four solo) before exiting with the injury. in a separate tweet, Rapoport speculated the second-year-pro may be headed to IR, which if a multi-week absence is certain, would make sense. The specifics of the Georgia products injury are still unknown though, other than he was seen in a walking boot after the game. While Dean is sidelined, Christian Elliss and Nolan Smith will both be in contention for an increased role beginning Thursday against the Vikings.

Seen in walking boot

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-10

Dean (foot) was seen in a walking boot following Sunday's win over the Patriots, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Dean sustained a foot injury during Sunday's season-opening win, and while his exact diagnosis isn't yet known, it isn't encouraging to see him in a walking boot after the game, especially with the Eagles facing a short week ahead of Thursday's game against the Vikings. If he's unavailable in Week 2, Christian Elliss and Nolan Smith could see increased roles.

Questionable to return

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-10

Dean is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Patriots due to a foot injury, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Dean had a solid performance to begin Sunday's matchup, tallying seven tackles (four solo). However, it's unclear whether he'll be available for the final few minutes of the matchup. If he remains sidelined down the stretch, Christian Elliss and Nolan Smith are candidates to see increased playing time.

Ramps up activity

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-10

Dean (ankle) logged a full practice Thursday, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Dean missed a few days due to the injury but then was able to return in a limited fashion Wednesday. His ability to get in a full practice should mean he's fully recovered, which is good news for the Georgia product, as he looks to earn the starting middle linebacker job in camp.

Returns in limited fashion

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-09

Dean (ankle) logged a limited practice Wednesday, Tim McManus of reports.

Dean didn't practice Friday and was considered day-to-day regarding his return; however, his ability to return to practice is good news. Even if he's not quite ready to participate in full. The second-year pro is working to earn the starting middle-linebacker job and has some competition there after the Eagles signed Myles Jack on Sunday.

Day-to-day with ankle injury

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-04

Dean (ankle) isn't practicing Friday, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Dean is listed as day-to-day, so his absence is unlikely to be an extended one. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Ravens, even if Dean is fully recovered by then, as the 2022 third-round pick is slated to move into a starting linebacker spot after being used in a reserve role as a rookie.

Preparing for more significant role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-03

Dean is adjusting to his new role as the starting middle linebacker, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Dean only played 33 snaps on defense last season, although he was a regular on the team's special-teams unit. Now, in his second season and after the departures of T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White, Dean will see a significant shift in responsibilities. Not only will he see the field much more frequently, but he'll also be taking on play-calling duties as the MIKE linebacker in the Eagles' defense.

Ready for larger role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-05-24

Dean said Wednesday that he anticipates playing more during the upcoming season than he did as a rookie in 2022, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

A third-round pick last spring, Dean took 340 snaps on special teams but only 34 on defense while playing behind a trio of linebackers (T.J. Edwards, Kyzir White, Haason Reddick) that all played 17 games. Edwards and White signed elsewhere this offseason, leaving nearly 2,000 off-ball-linebacker snaps that likely will be filled by some combination of Dean, seventh-year pro Nicholas Morrow and rookie first-round pick Nolan Smith. Dean and Smith are two of the five Eagles who were part of Georgia's dominant championship-winning 2021 defense, joined by cornerback Kelee Ringo and defensive tackles Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter. When it comes to IDP value, Dean has a chance to take over the three-down role that Edwards handled last season en route to finishing tied for seventh among linebackers in tackles (159) and pass breakups (seven).

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