Mathis Has MCL Sprain

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Evan Mathis has an MCL sprain and is expected to miss multiple games, a sourced confirmed to Birds 24/7.

The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane was first with the report.

The sprain isn’t Grade 1 and likely Grade 3, which could take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to return from. The Eagles may opt to place Mathis on Injured Reserve-designated to return, which would keep him off the roster for eight weeks. Mathis will get a second opinion on Wednesday.

Allen Barbre, who has been filling in for the suspended Lane Johnson at right tackle, has a high ankle sprain and could be out for several weeks, a source said. Barbre will see a foot specialist this week.

The news could have been worse. When the All-Pro left guard went down in the second quarter Sunday against the Jags, the fear was that he would be lost for the season. Read more »

MRI For Mathis Monday Morning

Evan Mathis

Evan Mathis has missed only one game since joining the Eagles in 2011 and is known as one of the toughest guys on the team, so when Jason Peters saw what he saw and heard what he heard, he knew it had the potential of being serious. Read more »

Mathis, Barbre Leave With Injury

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles offensive line sustained two injuries in the first half against Jacksonville.

Evan Mathis had to be assisted off the field with a left leg injury in the second quarter. On the same drive, Allen Barbre hobbled off with a right ankle injury. Barbre is the starting right tackle while Lane Johnson serves his four-game suspension.

Mathis, an All-Pro guard in 2013, got hurt when LeSean McCoy was tackled into the back of his leg. He was unable to put any weight on it as he left the field with trainers on either side of him. He is out for the game. Barbre’s return is questionable.

Matt Tobin (ankle) was an inactive for this game. Andrew Gardner replaced Mathis at left guard but was quickly forced over to right tackle when Barbre left. David Molk, the only other reserve lineman active, filled in at left guard.

In other injury news, Najee Goode (pec) is questionable to return. Bennie Logan hurt his ankle early but is playing through it.

Eagles Add Pistol To Toolbox For 2014

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Chip Kelly believes his job is to provide players with answers.

If he hasn’t armed them with solutions to their on-field problems, he has come up short as a coach.

Last year, there were many answers as the Eagles had one of the top offenses in the league, setting franchise records in points, yards and a number of other categories. There were occasions, though, where opposing defensive coordinators stymied the Birds’ attack.

So the offseason has been about adding layers to the offense. The foundation remains the same: spread ‘em out and run the ball until the opponent forces you to do something else. But there will be new wrinkles added in 2014. Some might be obvious in four days when the Eagles host the Jaguars. We might not see others until November or later, depending on the rhythm of the season.

Either way, it seems likely that one of the wrinkles revealed itself in the preseason: the pistol. Read more »

Foles, First-Team Offense Struggle

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
CHICAGO — Not a great start for Nick Foles and company.

The first-team offense played three series in the preseason opener against the Bears. Two ended in Foles interceptions and the third a Donnie Jones punt. Not the end of the world, but certainly not what Chip Kelly was hoping for out of his starters.

Foles finished 6-of-9 for 44 yards and a pair of picks. Read more »

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