Here is the Eagles’ injury report for Sunday’s game against Washington:
Out: LB Jake Knott (hamstring), S Earl Wolff (knee)
Questionable: CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), T Jason Peters (quadricep, pectoral), QB Michael Vick (hamstring)
Probable: TE Brent Celek (hip), S Patrick Chung (shoulder), WR Riley Cooper (knee), DE Cedric Thornton (knee).
Plenty of injury concerns for the Eagles. Read more »
The league fined linebacker Najee Goode $10,000 for his hit to the head of Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien Sunday.
Goode, filling in for the injured Mychal Kendricks, was whistled for roughing the passer in the fourth quarter after his hands came in contact with Tolzien’s helmet.
“I can’t afford it,” said Goode, who is making $480,ooo this season, joking: “I’m going to make DeMeco [Ryans] pay for it.”
Goode says he plans on appealing the fine, though the evidence may be stacked against him. Read more »
Below are three items that stood out from Chip Kelly’s day-after press conference.
1. I’ve received several questions on Twitter about injuries, but Kelly didn’t provide much information on that front.
“I do not have an update right now,” he said.
Pressed again later, Kelly said: “Mychal [Kendricks] said he felt good, didn’t think there was anything big-time wrong with him. But we’ll see. Jason [Peters] said he’s going to play. But every time Jason’s had anything, he’s told me he’s going to play. But the one thing about Jason is he has played. He hasn’t missed any time since I’ve been here.”
Kendricks and safety Earl Wolff both suffered knee injuries Sunday. Peters first suffered a head injury and then had a quad issue that knocked him out of the game. Read more »
Mychal Kendricks (knee), Jason Peters (quad) and Earl Wolff (knee) all suffered injuries against the Packers and will not return.
Kendricks stayed on the ground following a run by Eddie Lacy on the Packers’ first possession of the game. He walked off under his own power but, after being examined by the medical staff on the trainers table, limped into the tunnel for x-rays. Najee Goode replaced him in the lineup.
Peters also went inside after being hit low by a Packers’ defender on a LeSean McCoy run in the first quarter. He returned briefly after being evaluated for a head injury, but lasted one play, leaving for good with a quad. Allen Barbre took his place at left tackle.
Wolff sustained a knee injury in the second quarter and was replaced in the lineup by Patrick Chung.
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Ten tackles per game.
That’s the number Mychal Kendricks guns for. His brother (also a football player) preached that if you reach that mark regularly, you’re set. And so that became the standard.
Earlier this season, the chase for 10 got him in trouble. He kept count in his head during the game. If he had only four, say, deep into the third quarter, Kendricks would start pressing. Would ask DeMeco Ryans how many he had. Ryans never had an answer because he knew better than to keep track. Read more »
The topic of hazing in the NFL has taken center stage following the recent reports out of Miami. Veteran guard Richie Incognito is being accused of bullying fellow lineman Jonathan Martin and sending him harassing messages containing racial slurs.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins on Sunday night for conduct detrimental to the team. Martin is on a leave of absence.
Some Eagles players weighed in on the situation Tuesday while offering some insight into what it’s like being a neophyte in the NFL.
“I think two guys are at fault to me,” said Cary Williams. “Obviously Incognito had some racial slurs and all this other stuff that was going on that I’m not too enthusiastic about myself. I think Martin definitely could have handled the situation better. You have a player development director there that is in place that is supposed to make you feel at home, make you feel like you can talk to him in confidentiality. There are so many outlets for a player to go and talk. I’m not in his shoes, I wasn’t there so it’s hard for me to determine whether he used the right techniques or the right approach in dealing with the situation, I just know that hazing is a part of the game and you have to have veteran leadership in there to make sure guys aren’t going too far.
“I think the situation got out of hand, and I still feel like Martin, if all else fails, put up your dukes, man. Read more »
Here’s what we saw during today’s Eagles-Raiders game.
* The question coming in was: How would Nick Foles rebound from his disastrous performance two weeks ago against the Cowboys? Even Foles’ biggest supporters could have never imagined he would come back with one of the best statistical performances in NFL history. Foles completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards and tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns. The Eagles routed the Raiders, 49-20, for their fourth win of the season. Read more »
Player I’ll be watching
McManus: Zach Ertz.
This game is a homecoming of sorts for Ertz, who grew up in nearby Danville, CA and played his college ball at Stanford. He has gotten tickets for about 20 friends and family members.
“Obviously, going home, I want to make some big plays out there,” said Ertz.
The offense could definitely use it. The 35th overall pick has 14 catches on 25 targets for 201 yards (14.4 avg.) this season and has yet to find the end zone. The reason tight ends outside of Brent Celek weren’t seeing the field more early on is because the run game was working just fine when the Eagles were in “11 personnel”. The run game has dried up of late, so there is logic in getting someone like Ertz on the field more — especially over a player like Jeff Maehl.
“I feel very comfortable. I’ve had some opportunities to make some plays and I think I’ve made the plays when I’ve had my number called,” said Ertz. “Hopefully that number continues to go up over the next eight games of the season, whether it’s blocking or in the pass game, wherever they need me.” Read more »
We went over the offense on Tuesday. Now here’s a look at how the defense grades out through the first half of the season.
Defensive line: B-
This group has shown more improvement than any other on the team from Week 1 to Week 8. And defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro deserves credit for that.
Cedric Thornton is playing lights-out on a weekly basis and leads all Eagles D-Linemen with 45 tackles. Fletcher Cox has really come on as of late and has three sacks to go along with a team-high 15 hurries (no other Eagle has more than seven). Isaac Sopoaga was a non-factor, but players like Clifton Geathers on the second team are starting to show flashes.
Opponents are averaging 3.7 YPC vs. the Eagles. Only five teams have posted a lower number. Read more »
Back in the spring, new Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked if he had spent time looking at Jim Johnson’s scheme and concepts.
“He had some great dynamic pressures, and I’ve studied a lot of them,” Davis said. “They were out-of-the-box thinking. But when you really break him down, it was more guys up in the A-gaps with the illusion of pressure than actual [sending] more than four rushers.
“There were times that he brought more. …But he did a great job of keeping offenses off-balance through both pressure, illusion of pressure and non-pressure. And you need all elements to attack an offense because there’s some times you pressure some of the stuff Coach [Chip Kelly] does, you’re going to get eaten alive.”
Davis’ comments serve as a good launching off point to examining what’s working well for the Eagles on defense. Last week, they were able to keep Tony Romo off-balance and free up rushers all game long, both with the blitz and the threat of the blitz. Read more »