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Eagles CB Cooper DeJean (hamstring) out 3 weeks

Tue Jul 23 10:30pm ET
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Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Cooper DeJean will be sidelined for approximately the first three weeks of training camp due to a hamstring injury, ESPN reported Tuesday.

DeJean reportedly sustained the injury during offseason training workouts.

DeJean, 21, was a second-round draft pick (40th overall) in April's NFL draft after being projected to be selected in the first round. The Eagles made a trade with the Washington Commanders to move up to select DeJean.

Last season, DeJean was a first-team All-American at Iowa despite being limited to 10 games after sustaining a broken fibula in practice in mid-November. DeJean had 41 tackles and two interceptions and also returned a punt for a touchdown while averaging 11.5 yards per return.

Overall, DeJean had seven interceptions in 30 college games over three seasons at Iowa and returned three of the picks for touchdowns.

DeJean is expected to be an immediate contributor for the Eagles, who needed to upgrade the secondary after ranking next to last in pass defense (252.7 yards per game) and passing touchdowns allowed (35) last season.

Philadelphia also used a first-round pick on a cornerback, choosing Quinyon Mitchell of Toledo with the 22th overall choice.

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