Wake-Up Call: The Maclin Scare

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It was virtually the same sequence.

Jeremy Maclin accelerated down the right sideline, planted, and got his foot caught in the turf. He crumpled to the ground and immediately grabbed for his right knee.

“It was an awkward fall. Very similar to kind of what I did last year with the knee going straight into the ground like that,” said Maclin. “I really didn’t feel anything. My momentum had stopped because I couldn’t run anymore because my leg was stuck in the ground.

“It brought back flashbacks of how it happened.”

Similar thoughts shot through his teammates’ minds.

“I was on the other side of the field. I was super nervous,” said Riley Cooper. “All the bad stuff was going through my head. I was just, ‘No, not again.’ I just felt so sorry for him. I go, ‘No, this can’t be happening.’
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McCoy Exits With Thumb Injury

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy exited in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the Steelers with a thumb injury.

McCoy had 24 yards on four carries and took a screen pass 22 yards for a touchdown with just over six minutes remaining in the quarter. He went inside a short time later. X-rays taken on the thumb came back negative but he will not return.

A toe injury kept McCoy out of practice Sunday but he returned Monday and practiced in full.
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Cooper, Maclin To Play; Boykin Sits

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Starting receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper will be on the field together for the first time this preseason in a game setting.

Cooper makes his preseason debut tonight against the Steelers. He has been sidelined with a foot injury. Maclin (hamstring) did not fully participate in practice this week but will give it a go. It looks like they will be working alongside Jordan Matthews. The rookie has been splitting reps in the slot with Brad Smith, who is out with a groin injury.

Brandon Boykin will not suit up because of a hamstring injury. We saw him out here jogging alongside the injured Chris Polk pregame. He pointed to the back of his right leg on a couple occasions while speaking with a trainer. Cary Williams (hamstring) will also miss the game. Williams sustained the injury on his interception return for a touchdown against the Patriots.

Polk (hamstring), Josh Huff (shoulder), Jake Knott (hamstring) and Julian Vandervelde (back) will miss the game as well.

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Update: Fluellen Traded For Indy Kicker

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced Wednesday that they had released running back David Fluellen. But before it had a chance to become official at 4 p.m. this afternoon, they worked out a deal with the Colts to send Fluellen to Indy for kicker Cody Parkey.

The rookie out of Auburn converted 15-of-21 field goal attempts for the Tigers last season. He went 5-for-6 from between 40-49 yards and was 1-of-4 from 50-plus. His long in college was from 52 yards. He was 1-for-2 in the BCS National Championship against Florida State last season, making a 22-yarder but missing from 33 yards out. Read more »

On the Marcus Smith Project

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Billy Davis has a message for players who enter his office looking for feedback:

“Be careful what you ask, because you are going to get the truth. Just be ready to handle the truth,” said Davis, channelling his inner Colonel Jessup.

The truth is that Marcus Smith is struggling. Davis has talked to the rookie outside linebacker about it, and was candid about it at his press conference this week when he said, among other things, that “the game is moving too fast in his brain right now in my opinion.” He knew Smith would be listening.

“I was interested to see how he would respond even to our comments to you guys. I know that I am talking to them, too,” he told a small group of reporters Tuesday. “But I talk to them first and I try to keep the same message. He’s going to be OK. And he’s not playing great. We try to live in the truth.”

Davis says Smith has responded well to the critical analysis and believes the 6-3, 251-pound former quarterback has the athleticism and mental make-up to push through the learning curve and develop into a good player. The question is: how long will that take? Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Polk Feeling the Heat

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chris Polk told reporters Tuesday that his hamstring is not 100 percent healed and that he doesn’t feel very confident in the leg at the moment. In the next breath, he said he would be practicing next week.

Such is the life of a player on the fringe.

Polk suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain, or partial tear, on the second day of training camp. He heard a pop while making a hard cut and the hammy tightened up on him.

“I just felt like my world ended that day,” he said.

Polk has been unable to get back onto the practice field since.  Time is running out to convince the coaching staff that he deserves to be kept on the 53-man, as the final cuts are just 10 days away. Does he feel like his status is in jeopardy?

“Yeah,” he responded after a moment of thought. “There is nothing guaranteed. I wasn’t drafted. I’m not LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles. I’m not guaranteed anything.”

Those comments came hours before the Eagles acquired Kenjon Barner from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick. Read more »

Eagles Release Jason Phillips

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles released linebacker Jason Phillips on Tuesday.

Phillips was a free-agent pick up last season and was expected to be a key contributor on special teams but tore his ACL in training camp and spent the year on injured reserve. He was a regular on the practice fields this summer but obviously  didn’t bounce back like the team had hoped.

The 28-year-old played a total of 71 snaps on defense in the Eagles’ two preseason games and had one tackle. He also played 35 snaps on special teams.

The remaining inside linebackers on the roster include DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho, Najee Goode and Jake Knott, who is suspended for the first four games after failing a drug test.

While the move offers the Eagles the opportunity to bring another player in, part of the motivation for cutting Phillips now, we’re told, was to give him a chance to sign with another team. Read more »

Physical, No More

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Reality has set in here at the NovaCare that the emphasis on illegal contact and similar infractions this year is going to significantly impact how the game is played.
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Injury Update: McCoy Returns To Practice

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy returned to practice after sitting Sunday’s session out with a sore toe.

“My toe, man, my toe was really bothering me during the game. It kinda was real sore a couple days before that,” he said. “Yesterday was really hurting pretty bad. But I got an MRI, some x-rays, and it’s fine. I felt a little better today so I went for it and I actually finished practice.”

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