Goode To IR; Mathis To Short-Term IR

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles announced a series of moves Tuesday.

They placed  Allen Barbre (ankle) and Najee Goode (torn pectoral muscle) on Injured Reserve and placed Evan Mathis (medial collateral ligament) on Injured Reserve Designated For Return. Mathis is eligible to practice with the team in six weeks and to return to play in eight weeks.The team also signed Emmanuel Acho and Kevin Graf from the practice squad and made the signing of guard/tackle Wade Smith official.

Originally claimed off waivers in 2013, Goode was the primary backup at inside linebacker behind Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Acho and Casey Matthews are the backups at the moment, though there was a report that the team was taking a look at some linebackers this week.

Acho (6-2, 240) appeared in six games for Philadelphia in 2013 after being selected from the New York Giants practice squad prior to Week 8. The 23-year-old was re-signed to the practice squad in August. Graf (6-6, 309) was signed to the Eagles practice squad after spending training with the team. He started 39 games at right tackle at USC and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2013.

Eagles Sign OL Wade Smith

Wade Smith
The Eagles have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Wade Smith, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. 

Smith (6-4, 295) has started 98 games since being drafted in the third round of the 2003 draft. He started 64 straight games at left guard for the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2013, and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. Read more »

Boykin Sees Limited Reps Against Jags

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Arguing the merits of moving Brandon Boykin outside is the equivalent of banging your head against the wall at this point. As Chip Kelly re-emphasized at his day-after press conference Monday, it’s not happening.

“It really is how we practice and he practices as our nickel corner.  It’s a very vital position for us.  Billy [Davis] said that that’s a starting position for us, I say that’s a starting position for us, that’s kind of where it is,” said Kelly. “Our third corner outside right now [behind Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams] is Nolan Carroll.”

While the importance of the nickel corner position makes Boykin a starter in their mind, the fact remains that one of the team’s top playmakers sees a limited amount of reps in his current role. That was particularly true in the opener against Jacksonville, as Boykin played 23 of a possible 73 snaps, or 32 percent of the time.
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Mathis Has MCL Sprain

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Evan Mathis has an MCL sprain and is expected to miss multiple games, a sourced confirmed to Birds 24/7.

The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane was first with the report.

The sprain isn’t Grade 1 and likely Grade 3, which could take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to return from. The Eagles may opt to place Mathis on Injured Reserve-designated to return, which would keep him off the roster for eight weeks. Mathis will get a second opinion on Wednesday.

Allen Barbre, who has been filling in for the suspended Lane Johnson at right tackle, has a high ankle sprain and could be out for several weeks, a source said. Barbre will see a foot specialist this week.

The news could have been worse. When the All-Pro left guard went down in the second quarter Sunday against the Jags, the fear was that he would be lost for the season. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Defensive Leaders Strike Right Tone

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

There were words spoken and a tone set in the locker room at halftime Sunday that helped turn the defense’s fortunes. But  they would have to get there first.

“I made some eye contact with some fans running into the tunnel at halftime. Man,” said Connor Barwin. “There was some rough language coming my way.”

“I think everybody was frustrated.  I heard a few fans that were frustrated too,” said Chip Kelly. ” Go figure, but they had every right.  I was booing myself.”

Once inside, Kelly said the coaching staff wasn’t “throwing chairs or anything” to show their displeasure over the 17-0 deficit. Similarly, the players took a more positive tact.

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MRI For Mathis Monday Morning

Evan Mathis

Evan Mathis has missed only one game since joining the Eagles in 2011 and is known as one of the toughest guys on the team, so when Jason Peters saw what he saw and heard what he heard, he knew it had the potential of being serious. Read more »

After Rocky Start, Nick Foles Comes Through

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
One thing we are learning about Nick Foles: when he is off, he is off in a big way.

A quarterback known for his accuracy and decision-making early in his career was tentative and routinely off the mark for much of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. He rounded into form late, helping the Eagles pull out a 34-17 win. He ended 27-of-45 for 322 yards with two touchdown passes, an interception and a pair of lost fumbles. Read more »

Mathis, Barbre Leave With Injury

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles offensive line sustained two injuries in the first half against Jacksonville.

Evan Mathis had to be assisted off the field with a left leg injury in the second quarter. On the same drive, Allen Barbre hobbled off with a right ankle injury. Barbre is the starting right tackle while Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension.

Mathis, an All-Pro guard in 2013, got hurt when LeSean McCoy was tackled into the back of his leg. He was unable to put any weight on it as he left the field with trainers on either side of him. He is out for the game. Barbre’s return is questionable.

Matt Tobin (ankle) was an inactive for this game. Andrew Gardner replaced Mathis at left guard but was quickly forced over to right tackle when Barbre left. David Molk, the only other reserve lineman active, filled in at left guard.

In other injury news, Najee Goode (pec) is questionable to return. Bennie Logan hurt his ankle early but is playing through it.

WR Cecil Shorts Ruled Out Vs. Eagles

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns
The Jaguars will be without wide receiver Cecil Shorts for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.  He has been downgraded to out because of a hamstring injury.

Shorts had 66 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for the Jags lasts season. More from PFT:

With Shorts out, the Jaguars will count on three rookies (Marqise LeeAllen RobinsonAllen Hurns) and second-year proMike Brown at receiver. Denard Robinson is also listed at wide receiver on the roster, but he’s currently the club’s top reserve tailback. The Jaguars also have wide receivers Kerry Taylor and Tony Washington on the practice squad.

The rest of their injury report can be found here. 

For the Eagles, Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) have been ruled out. Chris Polk (hamstring) and Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) are questionable. Riley Cooper (ankle) and Brad Smith (groin) are probable.

 The Eagles are 10 1/2 point favorites.

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