FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks after suffering a right foot injury in the season opener against the New England Patriots, coach Nick Sirianni confirmed Monday.
"Just thankful that it's not longer than that because these things can be worse. Just thankful that it's not a season-ending injury," Sirianni said.
Bradberry was replaced in Sunday's game by Josh Jobe, who is in his second season with the team.
"We have a lot of confidence in Josh; that's why he's made our roster the last two years," Sirianni said, according to the team's website.
Dean is a candidate for short-term injured reserve, but he is not slated to have surgery and the injury is not considered season-ending, a source told ESPN.
Dean exited the game in the third quarter, with Christian Elliss serving as his replacement. He was spotted in the locker room after the game in a walking boot.
A third-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the Georgia standout elevated to the role of starting middle linebacker this season following the departure of T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White in free agency. Dean was responsible for communicating the play calls to the rest of the defense -- a role safety Reed Blankenship assumed when Dean exited.
Dean had seven tackles in his first career start before the injury occurred.