Cox Ejection, Allen Injury Come Back To Sting Eagles

The Eagles were without two of their key defenders down the stretch and it cost them.

Fletcher Cox was ejected with about 11 minutes remaining in regulation after throwing a punch. The play came following a Jason Hanson extra point that brought the Lions within three. Some extra-curricular activity followed and the next thing you knew, Cox was getting kicked out.

“I came off the ball and ended up at the bottom of the pile,” said Cox. “I felt someone hitting on me and I started puching my way out. I threw a punch. I must admit I did throw a punch and he threw me out of the game.

“It’s hard because knowing that that happened, and me being ejected from the game, I was talking to Coach [Jim] Washburn before I came in the locker room and he told me that it was going to be hard with just three defensive tackles. I had a bad feeling and it just hurts.”

Cox took to Twitter later in the evening to further express his regrets.


Cox said Andy Reid pulled him to the side in-game and told the him, “That can’t happen in a game like that.”

The rookie defensive tackle has been a bright spot up until this point and generally sees more snaps than any other Eagles’ defensive tackle.

“He’s a rookie. He’s got a little dog in him. That’s what it’s about. That’s just how we are on the D-Line,” said Trent Cole.

Earlier on that drive, Allen exited with an injured hamstring following a 20-yard pick-up by Calvin Johnson. Allen indicated that he actually hurt himself earlier in the drive and probably should have taken himself out. He was replaced by Colt Anderson, the special team ace that doesn’t see many snaps on defense. Anderson was whistled for a pass interference on the Lions’ game-tying drive, though Detroit likely would have wound up with the  field goal regardless.

The Lions had six points when Allen left. They finished with 26.

“I’ve got to be ready to play,” said Anderson. “Any time in the game your number can be called, and I just got to be ready to play.”

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  • Kimbafuzz

    This line: “The Lions had six points when Allen left. They finished with 26” is kinda depressing. Guess they really missed Nate.

  • JofreyRice

    Yeah, I don’t think having Allen out hurt that much. Sure, Anderson had the PI in the endzone, but Allen was having kind of a rough game. Constantly guessing wrong and overcommitting to run support. He’s had some moments, but lacks consistency.

    As far as Cox goes, stupid move. He’s a rookie. I remember Cole making a lot of bonehead moves as a young player. You don’t like to see that, but the rest of the team can’t fold up like a box if the rookie leaves the field. Jenkins, Landri & Thornton have to step up there.

  • He, Cox learned something today that will stick with him his entire career, I’ll take it from him, he showed so far this season he’s the only Eagle with heart and drive to defend himself. Cox and probably Brandon Graham are the two with fight in them, the rest of the Linemen on both sides of the Ball are a bit soft. Especially the Offensive Linemen for the Eagles, they are cream puffs and better suited for double dutch competitions not the NFL

  • distantfires

    The Philadelphia Eagles Football Club..playing down to the level of their competition for 10 years.

    • Bite Mee

      You don’t know jack about pro football. Could you please keep your really ignorant comments to your self. Thanking you in advance Bite.

  • saunhi

    The last 5 clock minutes was double bad in that the D had player losses And the Detroit O performed superhuman.

  • Chali

    Marty Morninwheg is abysmal and needs his playcalling rights RIPPED from his hands.

  • Adam

    There’s too many problems on this team and almost all of them can be traced right back to Andy. This team needs a shake up. The talking heads on TV will say will miss Andy, but the truth is he’s too comfortable in his job.Juan is doing OK at best, I still think he’s a bit over his head. Marty, Bobby are obvious. Big personnel issues, no depth at safety or interior OL, stacked with running backs (Polk, Lewis), receivers(Gilyard, Johnson), and d-lineman who aren’t doing squat. Poor analysis of talent.

    It’s time to shake things up. I know it’s still early in the season but these problems continue. We will miss Reid and he may end up having success elsewhere, but he’s just gotten too comfortable here.