Kendricks Sidelined But Looks Improved

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks sported a backwards baseball cap while the rest of his teammates wore helmets inside the NovaCare bubble Thursday. He was listed as a “did not practice” once again and seems like a longshot to play this week in San Francisco.

But he doesn’t look that far off. During the individual portion of practice, where each position group goes through their own set of drills, Kendricks played the part of running back for the rest of the inside ‘backers. They weren’t going close to full speed but Kendricks did some cutting and was able to maneuver around and skip over the orange practice pads that were placed between him and the ILBs.

He seems much improved. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: McCoy’s State Of Mind

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers don’t seem to add up.

LeSean McCoy is averaging 2.9 YPC through three games. He has one run of 20+ yards and has only found the end zone once.

Yet somehow, the Eagles are undefeated, one of three teams in the NFL sitting at 3-0 going into this weekend.

“It’s hard to really say because when you watch a team on tape and you see other teams run the ball on them, they may play a different style defense to that team than they do to us,” said McCoy, when asked why the Eagles can’t seem to get the ground game going. “The first thing you look at to try and stop us is the run, which was obvious Sunday. So I really can’t call it, just gotta keep fighting and getting at it, and hopefully that passing game opens some things up. And now that’s a threat where people can back off a little bit.” Read more »

Chip Disagrees With NFL Over Baker Hit

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly still believes that the Chris Baker hit on Nick Foles was illegal even if the NFL does not.

On Tuesday Troy Vincent,  the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said that Baker “didn’t do anything wrong with that hit,” and would not be fined, noting that Baker did not strike Foles in the head or neck area.

But there are other things to consider when it comes to that sequence, Kelly argued. 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 »

What Would It Take for You to Ditch Your Favorite NFL Player’s Jersey?

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. on May 23rd, 2014.

In the never-ending struggle between athlete worship and self-dignity, take a wild stab at which won out last week in Baltimore amidst the lingering fog of the Ray Rice scandal.

Yep, Ravens fans displayed their Rice jerseys proudly, a middle finger to the world as a show of support for their deposed halfback, who only days before had been suspended by the NFL for the season. After all, Rice had been one of the heroes who brought the town a Super Bowl. And how could anybody be heathen enough to forget that, even when you measure it up against the menacing left hook that knocked his girlfriend out cold.

A woman — yes, a woman — was interviewed by the network televising the game and she said that Rice’s girlfriend hit him too and that if you hit a guy then you better be prepared to get it back, or something as obtuse as that. My Twitter started humming the day after when, on my radio show, I railed into the Baltimore fans for being so spineless.

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