Eagles Notes: Peters, Ryans Held Out Again

Jason Peters

With three days until the Eagles face the Cowboys on Sunday night, Jason Peters remained sidelined during the Eagles’ practice Thursday.

Peters left in the first quarter of the Birds’ Week 8 loss to Carolina with back spasms, and hasn’t participated in practice this week after taking the bye week off.

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All-22: What To Expect From Kiko Alonso

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Back in September — with the preseason complete and the Atlanta game just days away — uncertainty surrounded the Eagles. One thing that was clear, however, was the Eagles’ inside linebacker rotation.

“Obviously, we’re going to feature Mychal [Kendricks] and DeMeco [Ryans] and Kiko [Alonso],” Chip Kelly said.

But that plan was quickly thrown out of the window when both Alonso and Kendricks were hurt against Dallas in Week 2. Alonso hasn’t played a snap since, and Kendricks has missed more games than he’s played. Read more »

Shurmur: Eagles Now Have A “Healthier” DeMarco Murray

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur pointed to health when asked about DeMarco Murray‘s production.

The question was specifically about Murray’s limited effectiveness on outside zone runs. While offering an explanation, the offensive coordinator seemed to reveal a little more than he realized.

“When you talk about DeMarco specifically, he’s much healthier now than he was early in the season, so we anticipate that he’ll make better runs than he did early,” said Shurmur.
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Eagles Notes: Injury Updates, Coverage Trends

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso both hit the practice field at the NovaCare Complex for the second consecutive day Thursday.

Chip Kelly said Kendricks had a good practice Wednesday, but his status is still uncertain for Sunday night’s game against Carolina.

“[Kendricks] did good,” Kelly said. “He’ll be back out there again today, and then we’ll see where he is. The thing with Mychal is the consecutive days, so what happens today, and then we still have Friday and Saturday.” Read more »

Injury Notes: Alonso, Kendricks Return To Practice

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Kiko Alonso (knee) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) returned to practice for the first time in weeks Wednesday. Kendricks was listed as a full participant while Alonso was limited.

“Probably not,” said Alonso if there was a chance he’d play against the Panthers, adding that the Dallas game after the bye is a realistic return date “for sure”.

Billy Davis didn’t sound confident that either player would be available for Sunday night’s game against Carolina. Read more »

Chip Kelly Impressed With ‘Outstanding’ Defense

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Giants scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game Monday night, driving 80 yards in eight plays and shredding the Eagles’ defense with little resistance.

From that point until the end of the game, New York picked up just 167 yards of offense, some of which came in the waning moments of what had turned into a blowout win for the Eagles.

Chip Kelly said after the game that he was impressed and pleased with what he saw from his defense, which has allowed just 24 points in back-to-back games against New Orleans and New York.

“I thought they were outstanding, especially after that first drive where they just come right down the field, went 80 yards and it’s 7-0 right off the bat,” Kelly said. “[The Giants] kind of neutralized the crowd, kind of hushed everybody up. I think they had 160 yards of offense after that on our defense.” Read more »

Instant Observations: Eagles-Giants

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 27-7 win over the Giants from the Linc, which puts them in first place in the NFC East:

* Billy Davis‘ defense stole the show, coming up with three takeaways, four sacks and big play after big play to shut down what had been an effective Giants attack coming in. They dominated despite playing opposite an Eagles offense that turned the ball over four times.

*Sam Bradford was responsible for three of those turnovers. He ended 24-of-38 for 280 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions (61.3 rating). Threw a bad interception midway through the second, sailing a pass well high of Zach Ertz and into the chest of Jayron Hosley, and added two more in the second half — including one in the end zone that again was intended for Ertz. Bradford now has nine interception on the young season, second only to Peyton Manning (12).

*Fortunately for the Eagles, the ‘D’ was up for the challenge.

Nolan Carroll returned an Eli Manning offering 17 yards to put the Eagles out in front early in the second quarter. Carroll was originally on Rueben Randle but switched off him to pick up Manning’s intended target, Dwayne Harris. Carroll read the play and jumped a quick pass to the left sideline. Read more »

Jordan Hicks Getting A Taste Of Being In Charge

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

Jordan Hicks leads all Eagles inside linebackers in snaps played through five games. How’s that for a stat that no one predicted heading into the season?

With Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks sidelined and DeMeco Ryans perhaps not back to his old self quite yet, Billy Davis has often called on Hicks to be the lone linebacker on the field on passing downs. That means that the responsibility of relaying the play call and getting the defense set sometimes falls to the first-year player out of Texas. Read more »

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