Chip On Jason Kelce, Cary Williams

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly, believe it or not, gave an injury update at his day-after press conference.

“I just saw [Jason] Kelce in the hallway. He’s going to have sports hernia surgery,” said Kelly. “Don’t know how long he will be out for.”

The average recovery time for this type of surgery is five-to-six weeks, according to a league source.It appears that the Eagles will be down one of the offense’s most valuable players for a significant stretch, then. For now, it will be David Molk manning the center position.
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Report: Sports Hernia For Jason Kelce

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jason Kelce has a sports hernia injury and is expected to have surgery, sources tell the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

The injury could keep the Eagles’ center off the field for two months.

Kelce was off to a fantastic start this season. He sets the protection, is integral to the run game and is fantastic downfield on screens. Losing him, along with Evan Mathis, is devastating for the Eagles’ offense and specifically the ground game. Read more »

Kelce Out With Abdominal Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jason Kelce left in the third quarter with an abdominal injury and will not return.

The standout center was hurt away from a LeSean McCoy run to the right side early in the frame. Kelce was helped to his feet after a short time on the ground and was examined on the trainers table before slowly making his way inside. He was replaced by David Molk.

The Eagles are already working without Evan Mathis (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle) and Lane Johnson (suspension) along the offensive front. Matt Tobin (ankle) practiced this week but was not active for Sunday’s game against Washington.

McCoy exited in the first quarter after a head-to-head collision with Washington defensive back David Amerson, but was cleared to return.

“Shady” chants broke out in the stands as McCoy lay on the ground following his nine-yard run to the left side. After a few moments, he got to his feet and walked off under his own power.

Following a quick look-over from the trainers, McCoy pleaded to go back in but was not permitted. A team employee took McCoy’s helmet off the bench and handed it to another staffer, who placed it behind his back. McCoy tried to physically take the helmet from the staff member and had to be restrained. Finally, he relented and jogged inside to be examined for a head injury.

The exam didn’t last long, and he was cleared to go back in the game.

All-22: McCoy’s 3rd-And-15 Run

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Chip Kelly admitted afterwards that the call wasn’t part of some grand plan. He was, in fact, deciding to be somewhat conservative and play to the game situation.

The Eagles were down 20-13 in the third quarter against the Colts and facing a 3rd-and-15 from the Indianapolis 31. That’s when Kelly decided to go to old reliable: an inside zone run.

“I was actually thinking if we could get into field goal range,” he said. “They were doing a great job when you get into real long yardage situations… they are going to rush three, they are going to drop everybody in coverage. There are not a lot of holes in there to fit a ball in, so I said, ‘Screw it. Let’s run it and get out of it.’ ”

That was the thought process, but 21 yards later, LeSean McCoy had a first down. Darren Sproles would score from 19 yards out three plays later to tie the game. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Testing Chip’s Depth Theory

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Back in June, Chip Kelly sat at the head of a conference table at the NovaCare Complex and answered questions from a group of reporters about his coaching philosophy.

With Kelly, it seems nearly everything stems from the way practices are structured. So he went on for awhile about why the Eagles move at such a fast pace.

“The only reason we practice fast is because we want to get more plays in,” he said. “And if we get more plays in, guys will get more reps. The more times they get reps, the better they get as a player.

“We have 90 guys on our team that we’re trying to improve on a constant basis. So how do we improve them or make decisions or evaluate them if we never get a chance to have them on film? I’ve never understood that – in the offseason especially. I hear stories of other teams where the threes don’t get any reps. Well, how do you know if the threes are any good or not? And how do you know why they’re threes? They could be twos if you ever put them on the field and give them the opportunity and put them on film and say, ‘Hey, this guy’s pretty good.’ ” Read more »

Notes: The New-Look Offensive Line

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal who would be starting at left guard and right tackle this week in place of the injured Evan Mathis and Allen Barbre, but the early portion of practice Wednesday seemed to paint the picture.

Dennis Kelly was working at left guard with the first unit and Andrew Gardner was at right tackle.

“I think we’re better here than in most places I’ve been because we get so many reps in practice, in our training sessions, that the guys that are going to fill in — just like the guys that did on Sunday — have a better opportunity to do so,” said Shurmur. “Everybody deals with it. It’s rare when you have to put two new guys in a game, we’ve all dealt with having to put in one, but the guys that went in did a great job and I think it’s a function of our culture and our practice that they were able to do it so well.” Read more »

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