Kelce: We’re Trying To Avoid a Setback

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis went on TV Tuesday and said his teammate Jason Kelce was ahead of schedule in his recovery from sports hernia surgery.

Mathis suggested that Kelce had a chance to get back on the field in Week 9 against the Houston Texans. So naturally, the Eagles’ center was asked about that possibility today.

“I really wish he wouldn’t have said that because now it pushes me a little bit harder,” said Kelce. “This is the first day I’ve even been out of practice, and obviously I wasn’t a full participant. I was kind of just out there moving around. I’m still hesitant to put a date on it even if Mathis isn’t. Read more »

Williams: Chip Has Shortened Practice

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

The morning after he popped off about how the intense training regimen was negatively affecting this team, Cary Williams came to the NovaCare Complex to have a sitdown with Chip Kelly. Both coach and player spoke their minds, and Williams walked away with a better understanding of Kelly’s methods.

Could be that Kelly took something from that conversation as well.

“Changes were made,” said Williams at his locker stall Tuesday. “I don’t know if they were made necessarily [as a result of] the conversation. Chip may have already had those things in mind anyway.” Read more »

Sproles, Kendricks, Kelce Suit Up For Practice

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked to provide a health update at the start of his press conference Tuesday.

“They’re all back,” he said.

Well, almost. Darren Sproles (MCL), Mychal Kendricks (calf) and Jason Kelce (sports hernia) were all in uniform and participated in warm-ups at the start of practice. Chris Polk (hamstring) was out there as well. Evan Mathis has been cleared for a return but by rule is not able to practice until tomorrow. Brad Smith (abdomen) was the only player sidelined because of injury. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: State Of the Running Game

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ running back situation behind LeSean McCoy is a bit unsettled as preparations begin for Arizona.

Darren Sproles suffered an MCL sprain against the Giants before the bye. Chip Kelly suggested he could be out a week or two. Some feel that is an optimistic timeline. Either way, there needs to be a contingency plan if Sproles can’t suit up against the Cardinals, as expected.

Chris Polk plans on practicing in some capacity this week with the hope of playing Sunday. The third-year back hurt his hamstring against the Rams and was forced to sit the Giants game out. With Sproles and Polk sidelined, tight end Trey Burton got some carries late against the Giants when McCoy needed a breather.

The question facing the Eagles is this: Do they stand pat and hope Polk’s hamstring holds up, or do they make a move for insurance purposes? Read more »

Mathis: Kelce Could Be Back For Texans Game

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Evan Mathis provided an offensive line progress report Monday, and it was all good.

During an appearance on Philly Sports Talk, Mathis revealed that he has been cleared to return to practice. Players who are placed on short-term injured reserve are allowed to practice after six weeks and return to game action after eight weeks. The first game he is eligible to play in is the Monday, November 10 matchup against Carolina.

Both Mathis and Jason Kelce had targeted Nov. 10 as their return date. According to Mathis, Kelce could be back even sooner than that. Read more »

Eagles Pass-Rusher Rankings

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One of the most pleasant surprises for the Eagles through the first six games has been their ability to consistently generate a pass-rush.

In the last three games specifically, the defense did an excellent job of keeping Eli Manning, Austin Davis and Colin Kaepernick uncomfortable in the pocket.

And the way they’ve done it has been impressive. The Eagles don’t have a premiere pass-rusher whom offenses have to game-plan for every week. Instead, Billy Davis has done a good job with his calls, sometimes dialing up pressure and other times using the illusion of pressure to create one-on-one matchups.

Below is a look at how individual Eagles have performed. Read more »

Notes: Kendricks Update; McNabb Talks Foles

Kendricks

Mychal Kendricks offered this nugget in a post on his website Monday about his road to recovery:

I’ll be in practice this week pushing forward to do what I set out to complete while not seeing this as a setback but as a way forward.

Kendricks has not played since suffering a calf strain against the Colts in Week 2. The standout linebacker has done some light work on the field over the past couple weeks but has yet to practice. Read more »

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