BC linebacker McLaughlin suffers torn Achilles

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College linebacker Mike McLaughlin, who had 19 career starts, suffered a torn Achilles during a routine conditioning drill last week and will miss spring football, a school spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Will Thompson is now listed as the Eagles' No. 1 middle linebacker. He saw a good amount of time last year and had 13 tackles for the season.

There's no word yet as to when McLaughlin will return, and the Eagles will definitely need him back, as he and Mark Herzlich are the two returning starting linebackers and two of the best defenders the Eagles have.