Here is the injury report for the Eagles’ win-or-go-home matchup against the Cowboys in Dallas this Sunday night.
Out: S Colt Anderson (knee), G Julian Vandervelde (back)
Questionable: S Earl Wolff (knee)
Probable: CB Brandon Boykin (hip), LB Trent Cole (hand), S Kurt Coleman (hamstring), T Lane Johnson (back), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), G Evan Mathis (illness) Read more »
The injury concerns go beyond the quarterback position for the Cowboys this week.
Star receiver Dez Bryant reportedly tweaked his back in practice on Christmas Day. More from PFT.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant tweaked his back at practice on Wednesday and earned a limited designation from the team for his work during the session. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the team does not believe it is anything serious, but Bryant’s got a history of back issues that have hampered him over the years.
Bryant was able to practice Thursday.
Starting middle linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out of Sunday night’s game, per Adam Schefter.
“Obviously one of the top linebackers in the game,” said Chip Kelly. “In nine games he has 99 tackles and four interceptions. And seeing him up close and personal when we played him in October, he was all over the field. He’s as good of a linebacker as there is in this league. But you have tape on what their defense is like without Sean in there because he’s been out for a little bit here.” Read more »
Tony Romo, Kyle Orton. Kyle Orton, Tony Romo. Whatever, says Cary Williams.
“We’re here to win a Super Bowl. We’re here to contend in the playoffs. We’re here to build on what we’ve built already. As far as I’m concerned they can play those games. I don’t care,” said Williams. “Jason Garrett can get out there. Jerry Jones can get out there. It doesn’t matter to me, it doesn’t matter to anyone else in this locker room. We’re on a mission and they’re in our way. Period.” Read more »
The Tony Romo report broke late Monday afternoon. As word leaked into the NovaCare that Dallas’ starting quarterback could miss Sunday night’s game with a back injury, the Eagles had to modify their approach. But it wasn’t as if they just started ripping up the game plan. In fact, they are still preparing as if Romo will start for the Cowboys.
“It really wasn’t Earth-shattering,” said Davis. “Most of the time when injuries happen early in the week, [the reaction is] not that drastic because there is still a possibility he’s playing. Now, do we say, ‘OK, let’s take maybe a longer look at Kyle Orton?’ Absolutely. That’s probably the biggest shift, we may have to play a different guy, but we’re going to prepare for their offense and all their weapons. He’s one man of 11 out there — he’s the main guy, but he’s also a guy we’ll prepare equally for.” Read more »
Brian Dawkins spent three seasons in Denver. For the majority of that time, Kyle Orton was the Broncos’ starting quarterback.
They both joined the team in 2009. Orton threw for over 3,800 yards that year with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He posted similar numbers the following season. Dawkins didn’t make Orton out to be Peyton Manning (he went 12-21 as the starter with the Broncos) but cautioned those who are ready to dismiss the Cowboys altogether because he will be playing quarterback Sunday night instead of Tony Romo.
“I watched him play in Denver, so I know that he can complete some of the quick rhythm throws, some of the quick outs and curl routes. He’s not the best downfield thrower there is but he can complete passes, so you can’t get overconfident,” said Dawkins during his weekly appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. Read more »
Chip Kelly said that they didn’t dwell on Nick Foles‘ bad outing against the Cowboys the first time around. They try to give each game equal value regardless of outcome so they looked at the mistakes, attempted to correct them and moved on.
That’s different than saying the memory of that game was quickly extracted and stored in some dark, forbidden place. You can carry the experiences of past failures with you and be either guided or crippled by them, and it appears Foles is choosing the former.
“He’s very analytical of himself, he’s very critical of himself in a constructive way, of how do I improve on this,” said Kelly. “But the first part of it, and kind of the whole thing we talk to our team about all the time, is that we don’t make excuses. If we don’t do something right, you’ve got to admit to it first before you can correct it. If you continue to make an excuse then you are not acknowledging you made a mistake in the first place. I think our guys have a healthy dose of confidence in themselves and understand that you do have to make mistakes to continue to grow and continue to get outside your comfort level.
“One thing with Nick is I think he’s very critical of himself but in a constructive way, and I think that shows up in the little teeny details that I think separates you from being good to going to great.” Read more »