Chip: Foles Has Crack In Clavicle

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly confirmed that Nick Foles has a “crack” in his clavicle. An MRI this afternoon will help determine whether the quarterback needs surgery and how long he will be sidelined.

It is Mark Sanchez‘s show for the time being, and Kelly told reporters at his day-after press conference that he is very comfortable with the veteran quarterback at the controls. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Maclin Proving His Worth

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

HOUSTON – In a first half defined largely by the instability on offense, Jeremy Maclin has been the constant.

The offensive line has already gone through 13 different personnel combinations. LeSean McCoy has been up and down. Darren Sproles missed some time. And on Sunday, Mark Sanchez took over for the injured Nick Foles.

That’s a lot of moving parts. Not surprisingly, Chip Kelly‘s attack has been erratic overall.

Maclin, though, has consistently delivered. Read more »

DeMeco Ryans Suffers Achilles Injury

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON — DeMeco Ryans exited the locker room on crutches Sunday afternoon, and the news surrounding his injury is not good.

Per a league source, the belief is that Ryans has suffered a torn right Achilles. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to confirm.  Read more »

With Sanchez Under Center, Eagles Pull Out Win

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today

Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

HOUSTON – On his first regular-season snap in almost two years, Mark Sanchez dropped back and unfurled a bomb down the middle to Jeremy Maclin, who caught it in stride en route to a 52-yard pick-up. Five plays later, he found Jordan Matthews in the back of the end zone for six.

So much for easing into the action.

“How about that, huh? I was expecting maybe a handoff or a quick screen, ease my way in but you know Coach Kelly,” said Sanchez. “I said it [earlier] if he was a basketball coach he would bring you off the bench shooting three-pointers so that’s the way it goes. You have to be ready.”

Sanchez finished 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Eagles escaped Houston with a 31-21 win. Read more »

Foles Forced Out With Clavicle Injury

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Nick Foles suffered an apparent clavicle injury late in the first quarter against the Texans.

“He’s in a sling right now, that’s all I’ve got,” said Chip Kelly after the game. ”

Ed Kracz is reporting that Foles’ clavicle is broken. If so, that injury could keep the QB sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Foles dropped back on 3rd-and 15 from the Houston 47 and was sacked by linebacker Whitney Mercilus. His non-throwing shoulder was driven into the ground on the playHe was slow to get up and was favoring his left shoulder as he walked slowly to the sideline.

After a brief evaluation by the trainers, Foles was sent to the locker room to have X-rays taken.

Mark Sanchez replaced Foles under center and went 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“That’s tough,” said Sanchez of the loss of Foles and DeMeco Ryans on Sunday. “The most important thing is to switch your focus from lamenting over a guy that is hurt and you have to get your focus on the game. That’s coach’s policy: next man up, something happens you have to be ready to go and I think we were.”

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Ertz And the Red Zone

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Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA Today

Part of the solution to the Eagles’ red zone woes might be right under their noses.

Zach Ertz has taken a step forward in his second season. He is on pace for 54 catches for 809 yards and five touchdowns despite playing only 56 percent of the snaps. His seven catches of 20-plus yards is tied for second amongst tight ends (behind only Rob Gronkowski) and he ranks first in yards per reception (14.8). With speed, size and precise route-running, he has proven to be a difficult matchup for linebackers and safeties alike.

Those attributes can come in particularly handy in the red zone. When space is at a premium, a quarterback can certainly be aided by a big target that’s regularly able to win his one-on-one matchups. Ertz, though, has been featured very little in this capacity through seven games. Read more »

For His Mom, Beau Allen Opens Up

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Thanks to a most timely bye week, Beau Allen was able to travel back to the Twin Cities to be with his mother, Susie, for her 50th birthday. Now gainfully employed by the Philadelphia Eagles, the 22-year-old was able to treat his folks to dinner for the first time.

“We spent a lot of money and he was just proud and thrilled to take us out for my birthday celebration,” Susie said.

The 50-year mark holds extra significance in the Allen family. Susie’s dad died at the age of 46 from a pulmonary embolism a week after falling out of a tree while deer hunting. Her mom passed away two years later following a battle with cancer at the age of 49.

“My [older] siblings are always joking, when the baby makes it to 50 they’ll be very happy. So I made it,” said Susie.

There was a time, however, where it looked like she might not.
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Ready Or Not, Wolff Could Get His Shot

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Earl Wolff is running with the first team and is expected to start if Nate Allen can’t get past his hamstring injury in time for Sunday. Asked how Wolff has been progressing in practice over the last few weeks, Chip Kelly didn’t exactly sing the young safety’s praises.

“Earl’s been okay. I think he needs to be a little bit more consistent from that standpoint. But he’s okay,” said Kelly.

Wolff did not seem to agree with the idea that he’s been inconsistent. Read more »

Chip: A Lot Of It Is Up To Herremans

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The pads were on Wednesday and Todd Herremans was out there, a large wrap around his left arm to protect his torn biceps.

He lined up with the first team once again and was listed as a full participant on the practice report. The 10-year vet will try to push through the pain in hopes of playing Sunday.

“A lot of it will be Todd’s determination and what he can and can’t do,” said Chip Kelly. “We’ll just sit down and visit with him at the end of the week and make a determination of what he can and can’t do. From a guy like him, a veteran like him that understands himself and has been through a lot, a lot of that is on him and our [medical] staff. None of it is my call. I don’t make any calls on who plays and who doesn’t play, it’s really our medical team making a decision of can he play, and then Todd’s decision of if he can play.” Read more »

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