Inside Voices: How the Eagles Landed Sproles

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Sproles found out about his impending release from the Saints via Twitter.

Three seasons. Over 5,500 yards. Twenty-one touchdowns. No heads up.

“They didn’t call me and tell me nothing,” said Sproles following Thursday’s practice. “I just felt that it was disrespectful, you know what I’m saying? Y’all could have told me first.”

Instead he learned of his fate on social media and quickly contacted his agent. Word was spreading throughout the league as well. Read more »

Kendricks Sidelined, Seems Unlikely To Play

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Mychal Kendricks did not practice Thursday. He is “day-to-day” with a calf strain according to Chip Kelly, though it seems unlikely that the linebacker will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

“I don’t know what his status may be until the end of the week. We’ll see if there’s something he can do tomorrow or maybe Saturday but right now, he’s very doubtful,” said Kelly.

Asked to clarify, Kelly meant that him being “very doubtful” applied to today’s practice as opposed to the game, then allowed that there really was no doubt at all — Kendricks would not be practicing. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews are both rotating in with the ones in his absence, per the head coach. As Sheil reported yesterday, Marcus Smith is getting time inside as well while they deal with a shortage at the inside linebacker spot.

Kelly does not like discussing injuries, and grew frustrated when reporters continued to ask about Kendricks’ calf. Read more »

DeSean Readying For Return To Philly

NFL: Washington Redskins at Houston Texans

ASHBURN, Va. — DeSean Jackson says that the soreness in his shoulder has eased some. He is getting treatment daily to try and regain full range of motion and is still waiting for the training staff to give him the green light.  On Wednesday he watched practice from the sidelines wearing a jersey, shorts and a white bucket hat. Reading between the lines, it sounds like he’ll have a helmet and pads on come game day.

“I should be good to go come Sunday,” he said. “If it’s all on me, I’m playing. I don’t plan on missing this game. Read more »

Highlights From Chip Kelly’s Press Conference

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles were able to escape Indianapolis with a 30-27 win and a 2-0 record. They are on top of their division and have the No. 1 ranked offense in the league through two weeks. And yet much of the conversation in the locker room late Monday night was about the need to clean up various aspects of their game.

“I think they’re very honest in their assessments and that they can improve,” said Chip Kelly of his players at his day-after press conference. “No one should be patting themselves on the back anywhere. We’re fortunate to be 2-0, we’ve done a great job of coming back in both games but there’s a lot of work in every aspect of the game that we need to work on. That’s the great thing about this group, they understand that.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Defense Turns The Tide

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts
INDIANAPOLIS – It was 3rd-and-9 from the Eagles’ 22 and Andrew Luck was heating up.

The standout QB had never lost consecutive games in his young career and he was fixing to keep that streak alive. A 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by his seven-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw put the Colts up 27-20, and he had the offense in position to stretch the lead to double digits with just over five minutes to play.

And then, a remarkable turn of events. Read more »

Kendricks Leaves With Calf Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks exited with a calf injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

Kendricks said after the game that it was just spasms and that he should be fine.

The injury occurred late in the frame on a 2nd-down pass play from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. When the whistle blew, Kendricks was on the ground in the backfield and was immediately tended to by trainers.

He walked gingerly to the sideline and, after having his right leg examined on the trainers table, slowly made his way to the locker room. Kendricks had seven tackles and a tackle for a loss before leaving the game. He was replaced by Casey Matthews.

Inside Voices: How The Training Is Different

Chip Kelly
Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles have quickly become known as an organization on the cutting edge when it comes to the training and maintenance of their athletes.

One veteran after the next last year said that their bodies had never felt better. Soft tissue injuries were down. Stamina was up.

What sets them apart?

To help get a better understanding, we called on some newcomers to explain what differentiates Kelly’s operation from others they have been a part of at their previous stops. Read more »

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