Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)
Ryan Mathews returned to practice today for the first time in four weeks since sustaining a concussion against the Dolphins. Mathews, who leads the Eagles in rushing touchdowns despite missing the last three games, is hopeful he’ll play on Sunday.
“I’m feeling good,” Mathews said. “Just got to take it day-by-day and do what I can. I want to play; I’m really optimistic about it, but it’s just whatever the coaching and training staff has planned for me. That’s it.”
Mathews said he was a full participant in practice, although his legs were “a little rusty.” He was also cautious so he wouldn’t “mess anything up,” and didn’t know how many concussions he’s had. Read more »
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Five days before his return to Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy spoke to 94WIP this morning about the Eagles and Chip Kelly. He said he doesn’t regret his comments to ESPN The Magazine in May about how Kelly got rid of “all the good black players.”
“I really don’t,” McCoy said. “One thing about myself, I will never take back nothing I say. I have my own reasons to feel how I felt. I think that’s the difference between me and other players, they won’t say how they feel. I’m different. I speak how I feel.
“But I really don’t want too relive that. I really don’t want to go back to that. I said what I said. It is what it is. I have no issue with Chip. I don’t have no hatred or nothing against him. I mean, we’re not best friends or nothing like that, but I have nothing negative to say about him.” Read more »
Chip Kelly, Ryan Day, Duce Staley and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)
Because of the production the Eagles had in yesterday’s win over the Patriots on defense and special teams, the offense wasn’t on the field much. But when they were, Darren Sproles played more than twice as many snaps as DeMarco Murray (35 vs. 14).
“It just depends on how people are defending you,” Kelly said. “There was no doubles on Darren the other day. We also hadn’t used him a lot before that, so I don’t think that was part of their game plan going in that we’re going to get him the ball in different manners that way. But it was a conscience decision by our staff that we need to get Darren more involved. When Darren has the ball in his hands, good things happen.”
Murray also played just two more snaps than Kenjon Barner (12), although both Barner and Sproles averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry while Murray picked up just three yards per rush. Barner, however, fumbled the ball with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter, giving the Patriots a chance to tie the game. Read more »
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A pair of former Eagles playmakers faced off on Sunday when LeSean McCoy and the Bills battled Jeremy Maclin and the Chiefs in a fight for playoff picture relevancy. Maclin and Kansas City prevailed, 30-22, on the back of an impressive outing from the wideout.
Maclin caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, propelling the Chiefs’ offense, while McCoy had 101 total yards and a receiving TD.
“[Maclin] made the Bills pay for their decision to single-cover him early in the game,” ESPN’s Adam Teicher writes. “He caught a 37-yard pass to set up Kansas City’s first touchdown and scored their second one on a 41-yard catch. He finished with nine catches and a season-high 160 yards.”
Maclin now has 57 catches for 772 yards and three touchdowns this year. He has over 140 receiving yards more than the Eagles’ leading pass-catcher, Jordan Matthews, and has already eclipsed Kansas City’s leading receiver from last year, Dwayne Bowe.
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Monday afternoon, the inevitable became the reality. Jeff Fisher benched Nick Foles as the Rams’ starting quarterback in favor of Case Keenum after nine underwhelming games from Foles, the quarterback they traded for this offseason and extended before the regular season began, writes ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.
“We’re going to go ahead and go with [Keenum],” Fisher told reporters Monday, per Wagoner. “This is my decision. Nobody came down the hall and said, ‘This is what we need to do.’ The lack of offensive production is a collective effort and coaching. But we need more production, and it starts with that position.
“I don’t expect Nick to like it,” Fisher continued to tell reporters. “He’s competitive, but he understands, and we’re gonna move forward here. I’m not saying this is week-to-week, but this is what’s best right now for our team as we move forward, from a production standpoint offensively.” Read more »
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As the Eagles rested during the bye week, plenty of former Birds around the league picked up wins, including one European victory.
Here’s an update on the Eagles’ offseason departures. Read more »
Jeremy Maclin. (USA Today Sports)
Jeremy Maclin suffered a concussion in the Chiefs’ loss to the Vikings in Week 6, leaving the game in the fourth quarter after hitting his head hard on the turf.
According to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that Maclin had passed the concussion test by Friday of Week 7, but the team held him out as a precautionary measure.
“There’s a lot of layers to this thing, and we felt as a group it was best to hold him,” Burkholder said, according to Kerkhoff. “That’s what we do as a medical staff in the National Football League. We’re charged with protecting these players and along with coach (Andy) Reid, Jeremy and our docs, we made a decision to hold him.” Read more »
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When Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was bugged by injuries in late September, early reports suggested he would miss the entire month of October recovering.
But on Sunday, McCoy was in the lineup for the Bills as they faced the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals stayed undefeated with a 34-21 victory, but McCoy had his best game in the blue and red, taking 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.
“McCoy was back to his cut-on-a-dime ways Sunday, leaving Cincinnati defensive linemen gasping for air on multiple runs,” wrote Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. “He busted loose for 33 yards on his first carry.” Read more »
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After a sturdy first quarter of the season in St. Louis, Nick Foles came crashing back down to Earth when the Rams trekked to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Foles and the Rams only lost by two touchdowns, but Foles was hit and rushed all afternoon long, and he threw four interceptions, completing just 11 of his 3o pass attempts. He was also sacked thrice, and knocked down nine more times.
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Mark Schlereth joined Joe DeCamara and Adam Caplan on 97.5 the Fanatic on Friday to talk Week 4 football, and he held no punches when discussing what he despises about the way Chip Kelly is utilizing his offensive linemen this season.
“People talk about, ‘Oh, revolutionizing the offense under Chip Kelly, he’s going to change the game,'” Schlereth said. “You don’t change the game if you don’t block people on the line of scrimmage, and that’s been the biggest issue for them.”
Schlereth said he watched the Eagles’ win over the Jets in Week 3, and realized that Kelly’s offense only has one snap count because Kelly wants to run more plays in a shorter period of time. Read more »