Davis Updates Middle Linebacker Situation

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

It looks like the Eagles could be down two of their top inside linebackers for Sunday’s crucial game against the Jets.

Billy Davis that Kiko Alonso, who is believed to have suffered a partial tear of his left ACL, is still in the evaluation process. “We’re crossing our fingers and hoping everything turns out for the best. We’re unsure about him,” said Davis, “but for this week I don’t expect him to play.”

Mychal Kendricks might not be available either. He sat out Tuesday’s practice along with Alonso as he nurses a hamstring strain.

“There is an outside chance we pick him up this week but it will be hard for him to get back,” said Davis. “But I think he has a shot at doing it.”
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Eagle Eye: Defending Jason Witten

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After a dozen years in the NFL, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has established himself as one of the premier tight ends in the history of the league.

Witten ranks second in receptions (951) and receiving yards (10,562) by tight ends, trailing only the legendary Tony Gonzalez in each category.

This Sunday, with Dez Bryant out for the foreseeable future, Witten will likely be featured even more prominently in Dallas’s passing attack.
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Afternoon Roundup: Super Bowl Predictions

Chip Kelly

Opinions about the Eagles’ chances this season are all over the place.  ESPN has them ninth in their power rankings. Pro Football Talk has them all the way down at 14. Other outlets slot them anywhere in-between.

And then there is Adam Schefter and Joe Banner, who have the Eagles at the very top.

“They are the team that I anointed. They are my Super Bowl pick in the NFC,” said Schefter during an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. “I don’t mean to make Philadelphia get their hopes up because predictions are usually the surest way to look silly. But I believe they’re good enough to have that kind of season. I really do.
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Notes: Alonso, Huff Plan To Play In Finale

Kiko Alonso.

Kiko Alonso.

Kiko Alonso told reporters that the tendinitis Chip Kelly referenced is in fact in his surgically-repaired left knee. He added that it is common coming off an ACL injury, and that he expects to play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Jets.

If he does in fact suit up, it will be Alonso’s first action of the preseason. The 25-year-old linebacker was held out after sustaining concussion early in camp, and was a late scratch last week against the Packers because his leg was bothering him.

With Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans all limited at some point this offseason, the group has yet to take the field together in a game. Ryans, though, says he is not concerned.
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Bradford: ‘I Plan To Play’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly was asked five different ways about his plan for Sam Bradford this weekend, and he deftly ducked each question. At one point, he cited the weather as a factor in determining if/how long Bradford plays.

“You never know, there could be a monsoon!” he joked on his way off the practice field Thursday.

There are some showers in the Green Bay forecast Saturday, but barring that monsoon, it sounds like the QB is suiting up. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Inside Linebacking

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Before the play even starts, DeMeco Ryans processes a lot of information. The ball—and even his opponents—don’t have to move for Ryans’ mind to be in motion.

That’s why Eagles Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis calls the inside linebacker “the quarterback” of the defense. Like a quarterback, he diagnoses the opposition and reacts before the snap.

“If the team is huddling up, I look to see what personnel is in,” Ryans said. “Once they come out, I assess the formation and where tight ends, backs and receivers are. I check the personnel and then make my calls. I diagnose and eliminate plays of what they can’t run. If we’re deep in the game, I probably picked up tendencies on what they are doing.” Read more »

Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s preseason opener against the Colts: QB Sam Bradford, S Jerome Couplin, S Earl Wolff, LB Kiko Alonso, LB DeMeco Ryans, TE Zach Ertz and LB Mychal Kendricks.

We already knew Bradford, Couplin, Alonso and Ertz would sit, and Kendricks has been sidelined in practice since a mid-week collision in 7-on-7. Ryans missed multiple practices this week and has been in the league for a decade, so there’s no need for him to play. Wolff was also sidelined for Thursday’s practice.

Andrew Gardner, who has gotten the most reps with the ones in training camp, will start at right guard. Brad Jones and Emmanuel Acho will start at the two inside linebacker positions. DeMarco Murray, who has practiced a limited amount during camp, is active.

Three Takeaways: Curry, Kiko And Right Guard

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles got in a swift practice Saturday in preparation for their exhibition opener against the Colts. Afterwards, the media had a chance to sit down with the Eagles assistant coaches for an hour. We’ll be pulling from that session quite a bit in the days ahead, but here are a few things that stood out:

1) Vinny Curry continues to get reps at outside linebacker. Chip Kelly revealed in June that the four-year vet was getting some looks on the outside. That experiment continues. And with Travis Long lost for the season, it seems that the odds of him actually being deployed there in a game have gone up.

“Vinny’s done a great job. Vinny has a lot of plusses to him,” said outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern. “He’s obviously great at going at the quarterback. All those guys are really valuable in that sense…We’ve had him some at outside linebacker, we’ve had him some at d-line. The more they can do, the more valuable they become.”

Added Jerry Azzinaro: “We kind of rotate people all through that thing, and I think Vinny has demonstrated…that he has the ability to rush the quarterback on pass downs, and we’re just trying to give him opportunities at different spots to rush the quarterback so you don’t know where he is.” Read more »

Zach Ertz Has Surgery, Kiko Alonso Still Out

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Zach Ertz underwent surgery Friday to address a core muscle injury. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers. Chip Kelly announced prior to practice that Ertz will be out for the entire preseason, but thinks the third-year tight end will be ready for Week 1.

“It’s a similar injury [to the one I had]; not the same,” said Jason Kelce, who was sidelined for five weeks following sports hernia surgery last year. “I’ve already kind of talked to him.

“There are some things I wish I had known going into the rehab and going into the recovery process that really helped me out… So I’ve already shared those with Zach, but I think he’s in a much better place than I was.” Read more »

Photos: Eagles Training Camp, 8/13

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