Jordan Hicks Says Injury Is ‘Nothing Serious’

Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

After a torn left pectoral tendon ended Jordan Hicks’ season last year, the second-year linebacker has been limited during offseason activities recently in OTAs and mandatory minicamp. This time, it’s a quad spasm bothering the 23-year-old who also suffered two season-ending injuries in college, but he says it’s nothing to worry about.

“It’s nothing serious, man. I’ve been through so much worse. We’re talking about a quad,” Hicks said. “I think, mainly, it happened from rehabbing (the torn pec) and really being a little light [in my preparation]. It limited me on what I did in the offseason. … I think just jumping right back into it full speed ahead was what kind of what (did it).” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘Players Just Want Transparency’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

What strikes you is how casually they greet the alleged corruption.

Congressional investigators recently released a 91-page report supporting the claim that the NFL inappropriately attempted to influence a sports-related study on brain disease by the National Institutes of Health. After committing an “unrestricted” $30 million donation to the NIH, the NFL apparently balked when a $16 million grant was given for research efforts to be led by neurodegenerative disease expert Dr. Robert Stern, who has been critical of the league in the past, and attempted to redirect funds to grant applicants with league ties.

“No conversations [with the NFLPA] yet. I think everyone is waiting to get a little more information,” said Eagles player rep Malcolm Jenkins. “But I also don’t  feel like anyone is caught by surprise. I feel like we’ve felt like that was the case the entire time anyway.”

That what was the case?

“That the NFL wasn’t being 100 percent [in respect to] their findings of the investigations on concussions… I’m going to speak for myself, but I don’t think players really have the confidence in the league to do the right thing — or completely the right thing — when it comes to player safety.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Fit For Jenkins?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Malcolm Jenkins is the perfect example of why scheme fit matters.

The 28-year-old has proven to be one of the top acquisitions of the Chip Kelly era. Though his signing was met with little fanfare (T.J Ward and Jairus Byrd were the two big free-agent safeties that year, you’ll remember), Jenkins came in and brought stability to the position for the first time since Brian Dawkins departed for Denver in 2009. This past season, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the second best safety in the NFL.

Such success makes it easy to forget some of the struggles he had before arriving in Philly.  Back in 2012, the same site had him as the league’s lowest rated safety along with his defensive backfield partner Roman Harper thanks in part to a combined 32 missed tackles. Read more »

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