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 »

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 »

Making Sense of the Eagles’ Inactives

NFL: Washington Redskins at Houston Texans

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Redskins: QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff, S Earl Wolff, OL Matt Tobin, OL Kevin Graf, LB Mychal Kendricks and DL Taylor Hart.

DeSean Jackson, who suffered a shoulder injury last week, is active for Washington. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Redskins Predictions

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Player I’ll be watching

McManus: Emmanuel Acho. 

Chip Kelly says that both Acho and Casey Matthews have been splitting reps at inside linebacker in Mychal Kendricks‘ absence, but the thought here is that Acho will get the starting nod and the bulk of the playing time.

Before injuring his calf late in the third quarter against Indianapolis, Kendricks was playing at an elite level. He had a team-high 13 tackles against Jacksonville and has 20 tackles, a sack and three hurries in all. Billy Davis sent Kendricks after the quarterback 24 times in the first two games. He is the highest-rated pass-rusher among all inside linebackers in the early going, according to Pro Football Focus. Along with Fletcher Cox, Kendricks has arguably been the biggest difference-maker on defense so far.

He will not play Sunday and if we’re talking about a Grade 2 strain here, could be out 2-3 weeks. The defense will not be the same without him. There’s really no getting around that. Davis doesn’t need Acho (or Matthews) to be a standout, but can’t afford for him to be a liability. Alfred Morris is currently the league’s fourth-leading rusher and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Backup running backs Roy Helu and Silas Redd are both averaging over five yards per carry. It would be nice if Acho could get after quarterback Kirk Cousins on occasion, but the Eagles will be satisfied if he helps to keep the run game and short-to-intermediate pass game in check.

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Kendricks Will Not Play Against Redskins

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here is the injury report for Sunday’s game against the Redskins:

OUT

LB Mychal Kendricks (calf)

DOUBTFUL

WR Josh Huff (shoulder)

QUESTIONABLE

T Matt Tobin (ankle), S Earl Wolff (knee)

PROBABLE

CB Nolan Carroll (elbow), DE Fletcher Cox (back), TE Zach Ertz (knee), G Todd Herremans (hamstring), S Malcolm Jenkins (shoulder), WR Brad Smith (groin), CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), CB Cary Williams (hamstring) Read more »

Kendricks Sidelined, Seems Unlikely To Play

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Mychal Kendricks did not practice Thursday. He is “day-to-day” with a calf strain according to Chip Kelly, though it seems unlikely that the linebacker will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

“I don’t know what his status may be until the end of the week. We’ll see if there’s something he can do tomorrow or maybe Saturday but right now, he’s very doubtful,” said Kelly.

Asked to clarify, Kelly meant that him being “very doubtful” applied to today’s practice as opposed to the game, then allowed that there really was no doubt at all — Kendricks would not be practicing. Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews are both rotating in with the ones in his absence, per the head coach. As Sheil reported yesterday, Marcus Smith is getting time inside as well while they deal with a shortage at the inside linebacker spot.

Kelly does not like discussing injuries, and grew frustrated when reporters continued to ask about Kendricks’ calf. Read more »

Kendricks Misses Practice, Is ‘Day To Day’

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Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks left Monday night’s game against the Colts in the second half with what he called a calf strain.

But Kendricks was not practicing during the portion of today’s session open to the media.

“He’s day to day,” said Billy Davis. “I’ve got a plan for either [way], and obviously without him practicing today, we’ll see where that is. We’ll have the other guys get the reps. Toward the end of the week, we’ll have a better feel.” Read more »

Kendricks Leaves With Calf Injury

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mychal Kendricks exited with a calf injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

Kendricks said after the game that it was just spasms and that he should be fine.

The injury occurred late in the frame on a 2nd-down pass play from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. When the whistle blew, Kendricks was on the ground in the backfield and was immediately tended to by trainers.

He walked gingerly to the sideline and, after having his right leg examined on the trainers table, slowly made his way to the locker room. Kendricks had seven tackles and a tackle for a loss before leaving the game. He was replaced by Casey Matthews.

All-22: Strong Start For Eagles Defense

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Billy Davis is expecting improvement on the defense to come from two separate areas.

One is that players from last year are more comfortable in the Eagles’ 3-4. And two is that he’s now able to add more layers to the scheme.

“Looking at last year, a lot of things we did, we were growing into this,” Davis said. “And it’s nothing more than a progression of growth from the end of last year to again a couple pieces we added and a couple schematic things we added to it and just threw it all at them. We will continue to grow that and hopefully continue to grow that way with both the understanding they have in our scheme and the scheme itself.”

Sunday’s Week 1 win against the Jaguars was a good start. It must be noted that Jacksonville could end up being one of the five worst offenses in the league. But after a couple lapses early, the Eagles’ defense dominated in the second half. Jacksonville was held scoreless on eight second-half possessions: five punts, a turnover on downs, a fumble and the end of the game.

The pass-rush, a question mark going into the season, looked like a strength against the Jaguars’ below-average offensive line. And players like Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks turned in outstanding individual performances. Below is a look at what we saw in Week 1. Read more »

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