Eagles Lose LB Jason Phillips, Add Travis Long

Eagles linebacker Jason Phillips went down today with a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the 2013 season.

The 27-year-old was added as a free agent this offseason, in large part for his special-teams prowess. Phillips led the Carolina Panthers last year with 16 special-teams tackles. Today’s injury occurred during a kickoff coverage drill.

Phillips figured to add depth behind DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, but the Eagles will now have to look elsewhere for that.

The options on the roster are: Jamar Chaney, Casey MatthewsEmmanuel Acho and Jake Knott.

Matthews had 14 special-teams tackles last year and played for Kelly at Oregon. Chaney has experience (23 starts), but he’s squarely on the roster bubble.

Acho was acquired from the Browns in the Dion Lewis trade. He’s mixed in with the twos a little bit this week.

And Knott is a sleeper to watch. An undrafted free agent out of Iowa State, he has a legitimate shot of making the team with a strong camp and preseason.

Update: The Eagles have placed Phillips on injured reserve and added outside linebacker Travis Long. Long (6-4, 245) is an undrafted free agent out of Washington State.

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  • Justin

    Injuries always come in groups. First Maclin, now Phillips. Who will be next?

  • Media Mike

    I’m SOOOOOO done with Chaney and Matthews being on this team. What a shame this injury is.

  • Andy

    I know CK is big into sports science, and maybe they’ve already implemented a program and this is just bad luck. But a few years ago U.S. soccer implemented a program targeted at ACL injuries in the women’s team (women have a much higher incidence of ACL tears then men). In the first two years of the program, overall injuries went down 30% and ACL injuries were reduced by 67%, It is a fairly simple regimen:

    1. Warm-up: Back and forth across the field, jogs, then zigzag run, then jog backwards.
    2. Stretch: calf, quads, figure four hamstrings, inner thigh, and hip flexor.
    3. Strengthening: walking lunges, Nordic hamstrings (link that word to the hamstring article?), single toe raises.
    Plyometrics: lateral hops over a cone, forward/backward hops over a
    cone, single leg hops over a cone, vertical jumps with headers, scissors
    5. Agilities: shuttle run forward and back, diagonal runs,
    bounding run.

    Then on to practice.


  • Richard Colton

    If he leads the team in special teams tackles by week 6, the order gets placed. midnight green or black?

  • knighn

    You guys thoroughly and definitely disprove the “football fans are idiots” stereotype! I love this site…

  • DLRJ

    That’s interesting stuff. I’ve seen some studies that suggest that stretching does absolutely nothing to prevent injuries, and in some cases actually seemed to increase injury rates. I think those might have been focused on muscle pulls/tears, though, which is what most people think of stretching as preventing. I’ll have to get my medical nerd friends on pubmed to see if there are any larger studies that show what you are talking about. The US soccer teams are not a very large sample size.

  • nicksaenz1

    Black. Or Kelly Green. It’d only be fitting.