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.

Mychal Kendricks: For the Love Of Family

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks has been practicing meditation for the past year-and-a-half.

It is what brought him to the Arizona desert this offseason. It’s what helps to get him focused before a game. Whether it’s on top of the red rocks of Sedona or in the sauna at NovaCare, he uses it to clear what can only be described as a unique, complex and busy mind.

“I’m thinking about my loved ones, I’m thinking about my job, I’m thinking about breathing. I’m thinking about everything that’s been in my life and then it kind of (snaps fingers) all goes away at one time,” said Kendricks. “And then it’s all blank.”

As we discovered through our lengthy conversations with Kendricks, the past that flashes behind his eyelids is beautiful and confusing and at times, heart-wrenching. The loved ones that he sees do not leave his thoughts for long. And this job, seemingly predestined, has been the instrument used to help glue a family back together. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Maclin And Foles

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Jeremy Maclin made a pretty bold statement following the Eagles’ last-second win over the Tampa Bay Bucs back in December of 2012.

“You guys are seeing Nick Foles grow into a phenomenal quarterback right in front of your eyes,” he said.  Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Former Eagles Finding Work

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly told reporters earlier this summer that even if he ran the slowest offense in the NFL, his practices would still be up-tempo.

“The only reason we practice fast is because we want to get more plays in. And if we get more plays in, guys will get more reps. The more times they get reps, the better they get as a player,” he explained. “We have 90 guys on our team that we’re trying to improve on a constant basis. So how do we improve them or make decisions or evaluate them if we never get a chance to have them on film?”

No matter your standing, you’re going to get plenty of work if you are a part of this team. That’s an attractive feature of the Kelly operation for reserve players looking for a home or to better their standing in the league.

“If you’re [second or third string], you want to be in our camp because you get more reps than anyone else,” said Kelly. “Because of the reps we get in practice, our guys get a chance to develop a little more. You go to some teams and the threes aren’t getting many reps — they are losing time compared to our guys.”

Interestingly enough, a good number of Eagles released in recent days quickly landed jobs elsewhere. Read more »

Barner, Tucker Injured Against Jets

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Matthew Tucker and Kenjon Barner were hurt on back-to-back plays in the second quarter Thursday night against the Jets.

After a four-yard run off the left end, Tucker went to the sidelines and was clearly in discomfort. It was later revealed that he sustained a shoulder injury. Barner replaced Tucker and rushed for five yards on the next play but hurt his ankle on the run and limped off.  Tucker returned briefly but was still clearly hampered. Henry Josey and Damaris Johnson carried the load the rest of the way at running back. Josey finished with 121 yards on 22 carries (5.5 average).

Chris Polk practiced this week and was hoping to play even despite not being all the way back from a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp. But he sat out. After the game, he explained that the hamstring just wasn’t ready. Read more »

Parkey Steps Up, Nails Opportunity


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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Alex Henery and Cody Parkey were both warming up as the Eagles’ offense moved its way down the field midway through the third quarter.

For most of the night it was one or the other booting kicks into the net as the other sat nearby. In the first half it was basically all Parkey. He handled the kickoffs and was called on for both field goal attempts. The rookie converted both of them, including a 54-yarder that made it with room to spare.

Henery kicked off to start the second half and it was his turn in the rotation when the Eagles began to drive on the following series. But special teams coach Dave Fipp told Parkey to be ready in the event that another long field goal opportunity presented itself. Sure enough, the drive stalled and there was a 53-yarder to be had. Read more »

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