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Malcolm Jenkins revealed that he played more than half of Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys with a concussion, apparently unbeknownst to his coaches.
He was cleared by an independent neurologist Thursday morning and returned to the practice field. Speaking to reporters following the afternoon training session, Jenkins described his mental state as he continued on after sustaining a head injury in the second quarter.
“Just a little bit of confusion. Just like in a daze…not a daze, but in kind of a fog,” he said. “I felt like a rookie again, like the game is moving really fast and you can’t find where to put your eyes. As the game went on it felt better. Fourth quarter I didn’t really feel anything, just kind of knew something wasn’t right.”
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Brandon Graham felt he was getting too predictable with his pass rush, so he went with the old “butt and shed” to twice get the better of Tyron Smith Sunday.
“I watched the last game I played and I was like, ‘Man, I keep going down the middle of him, and that’s what he wants.’ I knew that he was going to play the bull [rush], so I just ‘butt and shed’. As soon as I butt him and he sit down, shed right off of him and just kind of throw my arms down, and it was working,”said Graham, his grin growing as he recalled the moment. “The first time I was kind of shocked.
“When you see the quarterback, it’s the best feeling you’ve ever felt, man.”
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Jason Peters has been dealing with a pinched nerve, turns out. The pain is in his quad, but the root of the problem apparently is in his back.
“I pinched that nerve in my back. Anytime you pinch a nerve, you’re going to go down pretty tough,” he said.
That helps explains the scene that unfolded in Carolina, the tackle writhing in pain before being carted off the field. The injury was described as “back spasms” at the time. Read more »
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Byron Maxwell wondered aloud if his past behavior influenced the officials on Sunday night.
“They look at tape, too. Maybe he saw something on tape like I was holding, because I mean, sometimes I do,” he said with a laugh. “Maybe he got it in his mind, ‘That’s what this guy does.’ I don’t know what the case was.”
Maxwell has been by far the Eagles’ most penalized defensive player. According to stats kept by the league, he has been flagged 10 times — nine of which have been accepted. (The next closest in penalties on that side of the ball is Nolan Carroll with four.) Of those, four have been pass interference and three have been defensive holding.
Two of his PI’s came while defending Dez Bryant on the Cowboys’ final drive of regulation, which resulted in a field goal to force overtime. Both were questionable calls. Read more »
Billy Davis didn’t sugarcoat it.
“It’s a big hit,” he said of the loss of Jordan Hicks. “It’s a shame that it happened. But as soon as I saw the nature of the injury, I’ve seen enough of them, been around enough — especially having a background in linebacker coaching — kind of had an idea that’s what happened.
“Jordan did a great job of bringing himself into the conversation of a main rotation guy…It’s a shame that he only made it halfway through the season, but in the NFL it’s a bad part of what we deal with. Jordan will get everything fixed and then we’ll move on and we’re back to the guys that we originally started with, and they go day-to-day.”
That’s the term he used to describe DeMeco Ryans, who continues to work through a hamstring strain. He had his helmet on but was working off to the side with a trainer at the start of Tuesday’s practice. Read more »
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For all the opinions submitted on the 2015 Eagles this offseason, Jon Runyan‘s take has held up about as well as any through the first eight games.
“I say give [Chip Kelly] the opportunity to get his own people in there and see what happens. It may turn out to not be that great of a season, but you go through those growing pains,” he told 97.5 The Fanatic back in May. “When you have massive turnover like that, that creates some inconsistencies. The lack of communication and that non-verbal communication that you have with your teammates — because you don’t have as many reps with them, that shows itself on Sundays.
“It could be bad, but you never know. You get a defense getting turnovers and a prolific offense putting points up, it changes the whole dynamic. It can happen, but history says it’s not going to be pretty.”
And it wasn’t during the first half, particularly on offense. The o-line, working with two new pieces in the middle, was out of whack early; DeMarco Murray struggled to gain traction; the receivers didn’t take command of their new roles; and the conductor, Sam Bradford, labored to keep the beat.
Coming off a 33-27 win over the Cowboys in which the offense appeared to finally find its flow, Kelly acknowledged the point that Runyan made months earlier. Read more »
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ARLINGTON, TX — Jordan Matthews had just dropped another pass, and he wasn’t going to let it slide.
It happened in the red zone during Thursday’s training session, per Sam Bradford. The ball got away from the receiver like it had too frequently over the first seven games of the season. Determined to do something about it, Matthews kicked it into overdrive.
“After that drop, I think he took every rep on the offensive side of the ball and then he took every rep on scout team going against the defense. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a starting wide receiver do that,” said Bradford. “It was just…You could see it in his eyes – his hunger to get out there and to fix it and to improve. I think everyone on the team saw the way that he worked. I couldn’t be happier for that guy, the way he played tonight.”
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ARLINGTON, TX — Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 33-27 win over the Cowboys from AT&T Stadium:
Sam Bradford connected with Jordan Matthews for a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime to lift the Eagles to a 33-27 win.
*Bradford caught fire in the second half. He engineered a seven-play, 95-yard drive on the Eagles’ first possession of the third quarter, going 5-for-5 for 74 yards on the drive — equaling his entire output from the first half. He threw a number of pretty balls in the second frame, including a perfect pass to Zach Ertz down the right sideline in the fourth for a gain of 27 that led to a 31-yard field goal by Sturgis that made it 24-21.
Bradford ended 25-of-36 for 295 yards with the TD.
*Matthews, who has struggled this season with drops, had nine catches for 133 yards. Read more »
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement Friday night after pictures emerged showing the injuries sustained by Nicole Holder during an alleged domestic violence incident with her former boyfriend, Greg Hardy.
“While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident,” said Jones. “We as an organization take this very seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism. We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career.” Read more »