Chip On Jason Kelce, Cary Williams

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly, believe it or not, gave an injury update at his day-after press conference.

“I just saw [Jason] Kelce in the hallway. He’s going to have sports hernia surgery,” said Kelly. “Don’t know how long he will be out for.”

The average recovery time for this type of surgery is five-to-six weeks, according to a league source.It appears that the Eagles will be down one of the offense’s most valuable players for a significant stretch, then. For now, it will be David Molk manning the center position.
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Report: Sports Hernia For Jason Kelce

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jason Kelce has a sports hernia injury and is expected to have surgery, sources tell the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

The injury could keep the Eagles’ center off the field for two months.

Kelce was off to a fantastic start this season. He sets the protection, is integral to the run game and is fantastic downfield on screens. Losing him, along with Evan Mathis, is devastating for the Eagles’ offense and specifically the ground game. Read more »

Zone Read: Eagles-Washington, the Day After

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Nick Foles walked slowly and gingerly from his locker to the podium in the media room at Lincoln Financial Field.

He had removed his jersey and shoulder pads and cleats. But he hadn’t showered yet and still was in his game-worn pants, pads protecting his thighs and quadriceps.

If Foles hadn’t realized it before, he found out with about 9:56 left in the fourth quarter that as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s always wise to keep your guard up because you never know when the next hit is coming.

Foles had let up after it looked like Washington defensive back Bashaud Breeland was down on an interception return. But behind him to his right came 325-pound defensive lineman Chris Baker with a leveling blow that lifted Foles off the ground and put him in a daze, sparking a melee on the Washington sideline.

“No I didn’t,” Foles said, when asked if he saw the hit coming. “He got me pretty good. I did not see him. …I thought the guy was down so that’s why I wasn’t looking for anyone. The next thing I know I’m just obliterated, so I don’t know.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: An Answer For DeSean

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
As we’ve seen over the years, DeSean Jackson is quite comfortable playing the role of antagonist. So it is no surprise that he egged on both Eagles defenders and fans alike after each big play he made Sunday.

And there were a couple of them — none bigger than the 81-yard touchdown catch and run late in the third quarter that knotted the game at 27-27.  Using that world-class speed, he flew past Cary Williams into daylight and snared a pretty pass from Kirk Cousins in stride. At the end of the play, a taunt in the direction of Nate Allen, a mocking flap of the arms and a defiant kick of the air to cap his touchdown celebration.

“I’m glad I wasn’t the one trying to tackle him because as a defender, one, you’re already mad you gave up a score,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “But the entire environment and situation and context in which he celebrated is obviously a little smack in the face. But he had a great game, he’s a good player. That’s all you can say.” Read more »

Williams: Training Negatively Affecting Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Cary Williams was in no mood to celebrate following the Eagles’ thrilling 37-34 win over the Redskins Sunday.

The six-year veteran sees a problem. He believes he and his teammates are being overworked during the week, and thinks it is hurting their performance on game day.

“A lot of guys had no legs. A lot of guys coming in here were in a dogfight before the game even started. We’ve got to start taking care of our guys throughout the week in order for us to be productive and have more energy on Sundays,” said Williams.

“I think it negatively impacted a lot of people, and I’m not the only person. I’m just one that is man enough to stand up here and talk to y’all and address the issue that’s obviously in my opinion an issue in our starts. But again, I’m just employee 26. Whatever they deem necessary for us to be ready on Sundays is whatever it is, if we’ve got to find energy from outside source or whatever it may be to start games quick, then we’ve got to do it. But right now the way we’re doing it is not conducive to success.” Read more »

After Hit On Foles, Peters Answers the Call

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

When Jason Peters saw Chris Baker level Nick Foles, he couldn’t contain himself.

“He was cheap-shotted,” Peters said. “I mean he [Baker] cheap-shotted him, and he’s not even trying to make a play. So I just reacted. I shouldn’t have did what I did, but I was just trying to protect my quarterback.” Read more »

‘Let’s Make Them Pay For This’

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

All hell broke loose early in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

An already chippy game devolved into a flat-out melee after Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker crushed Nick Foles on an interception return, drawing the ire of Jason Peters.

“I got up off the ground and I saw Jason in a sprint after somebody and I was like, ‘Oh, no. This isn’t good,’” said Todd Herremans. “But I just think he was doing what he gets paid to do: protect Nick.

“I thought about stepping in the way, but I just would have gotten murdered.” Read more »

Baker On Foles Hit: ‘I Would Do It Again’

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker had no regrets when asked about his hit on Nick Foles after Sunday’s game.

“I made a football play and I got punched in the face,” he said. “I did not do anything wrong besides make a football play and defend myself after getting hit. But if I could do it again, I would do it again. I did not do anything wrong, but I guess since he’s a quarterback, I guess I got ejected. But if you go back and review the film, in the first quarter I was hit the same way by a center [Jason Kelce]. But because I’m a lineman, it’s OK.” Read more »

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