Zone Read: Eagles-Texans, the Day After

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON - Jason Kelce decided it was his turn to play DJ.

His linemate, Jason Peters, generally is in charge of the music in the locker room after games. But with Peters in the shower, Kelce took a peek at the playlist, found some 80s rock, blasted it and returned to his stall two spots down.

The Eagles’ center had reason to be in a celebratory mood. He suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 3, had surgery, rehabbed and returned ahead of schedule Sunday against the Texans. Kelce was part of an effort that got the Eagles back to their offensive roots: tempo and the run game.

Running backs LeSean McCoy (23 for 117), Chris Polk (8 for 50) and Darren Sproles (3 for 17) combined for 184 yards on 34 carries (5.4 YPC). The run game lifted the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Texans. Read more »

DeMeco Ryans Suffers Achilles Injury

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON — DeMeco Ryans exited the locker room on crutches Sunday afternoon, and the news surrounding his injury is not good.

Per a league source, the belief is that Ryans has suffered a torn right Achilles. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to confirm.  Read more »

Foles Forced Out With Clavicle Injury

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Nick Foles suffered an apparent clavicle injury late in the first quarter against the Texans.

“He’s in a sling right now, that’s all I’ve got,” said Chip Kelly after the game. ”

Ed Kracz is reporting that Foles’ clavicle is broken. If so, that injury could keep the QB sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Foles dropped back on 3rd-and 15 from the Houston 47 and was sacked by linebacker Whitney Mercilus. His non-throwing shoulder was driven into the ground on the playHe was slow to get up and was favoring his left shoulder as he walked slowly to the sideline.

After a brief evaluation by the trainers, Foles was sent to the locker room to have X-rays taken.

Mark Sanchez replaced Foles under center and went 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“That’s tough,” said Sanchez of the loss of Foles and DeMeco Ryans on Sunday. “The most important thing is to switch your focus from lamenting over a guy that is hurt and you have to get your focus on the game. That’s coach’s policy: next man up, something happens you have to be ready to go and I think we were.”

Eagles Wake-Up Call: DeMeco’s Return

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

DeMeco Ryans learned that he was being traded from Houston to Philadelphia over supper.

“I talked to the general manager [Rick Smith]. We sat down and ate dinner,” Ryans remembered. “He told me what we were doing, sending me to Philly, and I was like, ‘Hey, cool.’ And he was like, ‘I didn’t expect you to accept it this way.’ I said, ‘Hey, man, I’m fine. I’m going to Philly, it’s a good team. ‘ I was excited about coming here. If I’m going to leave Houston, I’m happy to be going to a really good team.”

His teammates weren’t as accepting. Read more »

Ryans: ‘We’ll See How It Goes’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

DeMeco Ryans donned a helmet for the first time at practice this week, but said he likely won’t know until Sunday whether he’ll be able to play after suffering a groin strain against the Rams.

“When Sunday gets here, we’ll see how it feels,” he said. “If I can go, if I’m effective, feel like I can help my team, I’ll be out there. If I’m not, then I won’t be.”

On the Eagles’ official injury report, he was listed as limited.

“Just trying to get back to it, just trying to get back into where I can go full swing,” Ryans said. “Certain movements don’t feel too good. When I’m effective, I’ll be out there.” Read more »

Kendricks, Ryans Sit Out

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans both sat out of Wednesday’s practice.

Kendricks got some hopes up by exchanging his hat for a helmet yesterday but he only did some light work on the side, Chip Kelly said. Today he was back in a baseball cap and did not even participate in the stretching portion of practice. He seems like a long shot to play Sunday at this point.

There is a little more optimism when it comes to Ryans, who injured his groin against the Rams.

“If there is one guy that I wouldn’t count out of anything, it would be DeMeco, but we’ll see how he progresses during the week” said Kelly. “The one thing about DeMeco, he’s extremely honest with you. He’ll tell you if he can go or can’t go, that’s exactly what he told the trainers on Sunday. We’ll see where he is. It sounds like he is progressing. We’re hopeful for that but we’ll see what happens over these next couple days of training.”

Kelly said no decision has been made on who would wear the headset if Ryans can’t go, and didn’t seemed too concerned about it.

“It’s really not that big of a deal for us on the defensive side of the ball,” he said.

There is no denying, though, that Ryans is the on-field conductor for this Eagles defense. His presence is pretty critical to the overall operation. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho are the next men in if Ryans and Kendricks can’t go.

Chris Polk (hamstring) sat out for the second straight day.

Brad Smith (groin) is listed as out for Sunday night’s game. Connor Barwin (knee), Brandon Boykin (hamstring), Trey Burton (achilles), Nolan Carroll (hamstring), Josh Huff (shoulder) and Matt Tobin (ankle) were all full participants. 

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