Another key Philadelphia Eagle has been felled by a season-ending injury.

Coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that starting cornerback Ronald Darby has a torn ACL.

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Darby left Sunday night’s 27-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, which began with the Eagles already without cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones because of injuries. Mills (foot) and Jones (hamstring) are expected to recover shortly, however.

Pederson said Jones is “close” and “day to day” and Mills is “probably a little further away.”

Darby is the second member of the Eagles’ starting secondary to be lost for the season. Safety Rodney McLeod went down with a torn MCL during a Week 3 win over Indianapolis.

If Mills and/or Jones are not ready to go by next Sunday’s game at New Orleans, the Eagles will be shorthanded again, regardless of any move they make to replace Darby once he’s placed on injured reserve.

The Eagles last week cut Dexter McDougle, who had served as their nickel back for two games because of the unavailability of Jones, and replaced him with Cre’Von LeBlanc, who was not able to get on the field with the defense even after Darby’s injury. LeBlanc was just claimed off waivers last week from Detroit.

The Eagles turned to Rasul Douglas and Chandon Sullivan to finish the game. Sullivan was just promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 25.

“It's hard because you're asking players that maybe don't get a lot of practice time during the week to come and play. They're on the look teams," Pederson said. “Next thing you know, they're having to play.

“I thought Chandon Sullivan stepped in and did some nice things out there, and it's going to be the same again this week with those guys.”

Rookie Avonte Maddox is another option. Maddox has been playing safety in place of McLeod and the slot in nickel situations.

De’Vante Bausby, their only practice-squad cornerback, also could be an option for a promotion this week as the Eagles prepare for the Saints, whose 51-point outburst at Cincinnati on Sunday prompted the firing of Bengals defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Bausby first joined the practice squad last year and was among the Eagles’ final cuts this year after training camp.

“Bausby’s been a bright spot,” Pederson said. “If need be, that’s another possibility.”

Johnson update

Pederson said Lane Johnson (knee) “was close” to playing against Dallas.

“I think the extra rest for him is really going to help going forward,” Pederson said, “and hopefully we'll get him back this week.”

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