The Eagles have released running back Matthew Tucker due to a non-football injury, the team announced. Read more »
The Eagles made cuts today, trimming the roster down to 53 players in advance of the 4 p.m. deadline. Here’s a position-by-position look at what the squad looks like on offense. We’ll do the defense next.
Quarterbacks (3): Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley.
No surprises here. Those are your top three guys, with G.J. Kinne let go.
What’s interesting though is that the Eagles might not be totally done at quarterback. According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, they seem to be fielding trade offers on Barkley. I’m not sure that the Eagles will get any suitors, but there could be a team or two that liked Barkley when he was coming out of USC and thinks about taking a flier on him.
Remember, the Eagles reportedly worked out former Bills and Browns QB Thad Lewis earlier this week.
Obviously, the top two spots will go to Foles and Sanchez. Read more »
Matthew Tucker and Kenjon Barner were hurt on back-to-back plays in the second quarter Thursday night against the Jets.
After a four-yard run off the left end, Tucker went to the sidelines and was clearly in discomfort. It was later revealed that he sustained a shoulder injury. Barner replaced Tucker and rushed for five yards on the next play but hurt his ankle on the run and limped off. Tucker returned briefly but was still clearly hampered. Henry Josey and Damaris Johnson carried the load the rest of the way at running back. Josey finished with 121 yards on 22 carries (5.5 average).
Chris Polk practiced this week and was hoping to play even despite not being all the way back from a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp. But he sat out. After the game, he explained that the hamstring just wasn’t ready. Read more »
The Eagles host the Jets tonight at 7:00 at Lincoln Financial Field. Here’s what we’ll be keeping an eye on as Chip Kelly‘s club wraps up preseason play:
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Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Eagles’ offense performed against the Steelers, after having re-watched the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game: Read more »
As we look ahead to tonight’s matchup against the Steelers, here’s an updated projection of the Eagles’ 53-man roster.
Chris Polk told reporters Tuesday that his hamstring is not 100 percent healed and that he doesn’t feel very confident in the leg at the moment. In the next breath, he said he would be practicing next week.
Such is the life of a player on the fringe.
Polk suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain, or partial tear, on the second day of training camp. He heard a pop while making a hard cut and the hammy tightened up on him.
“I just felt like my world ended that day,” he said.
Polk has been unable to get back onto the practice field since. Time is running out to convince the coaching staff that he deserves to be kept on the 53-man, as the final cuts are just 10 days away. Does he feel like his status is in jeopardy?
“Yeah,” he responded after a moment of thought. “There is nothing guaranteed. I wasn’t drafted. I’m not LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles. I’m not guaranteed anything.”
Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery on Thursday, per multiple sources.
While timetables for recovery are difficult to predict, particularly when it comes to back injuries, his rehab time is expected to be similar to Dennis Kelly‘s. Kelly had back surgery to repair an L2 disc last August. He was cleared to participate in all football activities in September and had targeted Week 4 for his return. Kelly did not play last season, though, at least in part because the offensive line remained generally healthy last year.
“He’s going to need a little bit of patience because you do start over. You have to start from square one once you get cleared,” said Kelly. “It was tough going through the season because you’re just trying to get your strength back. I’d like to say [I reached 100 percent health] during the season but more realistically [it was] during the spring.”
Since Vandervelde has already practiced, he is not eligible for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Read more »
Here’s a position-by-position breakdown of what we saw out of the Eagles’ offense Friday night, after having re-watched the first three quarters. Read more »
For the first time this spring, Eagles practice was open to the media. Here’s a running diary of what we saw: Read more »