Jason Peters did not have the type of dominant performance Thursday that we have come to expect from the left tackle. Matched up with Tamba Hali for much of the game, he yielded five quarterback hurries and gave up a sack. Hali is a good pass rusher, but Peters is used to handling good pass rushers.
Part of the issue is that Peters is working with a dislocated finger on his left hand. The injury happened in the opener against Washington (he left that game briefly) and he aggravated it Thursday against the Chiefs.
The 27-year-old sustained a concussion late in the game against Washington. He had yet to pass the ImPACT test as of Thursday afternoon.
The Eagles’ depth in the secondary will be tested. Brandon Boykin is expected to start on the outside in Fletcher’s absence, though he could very well move into the slot in certain packages as well. Brandon Hughes, who is recovering from a fractured hand, is a logical candidate to play on the outside when Boykin does move inside.
The Eagles waived/injured outside linebacker Phillip Hunt Tuesday to get their roster down to 75 prior to the 4 p.m. deadline.
If Hunt goes unclaimed by 4 p.m. Wednesday, he will revert back to the Eagles injured reserve list.
The 27-year-old suffered a partially-torn ACL against the Patriots in the preseason opener. He was the fourth Eagles player to suffer a torn ACL this preseason, joining Jeremy Maclin, Arrelious Benn and fellow linebacker Jason Phillips.
The roster must be trimmed to 53 players by August 31.
The team waived/injured cornerback Eddie Whitley on Sunday. They will find out this afternoon if he has been claimed or will revert back to IR.
The last time we spoke with Dennis Kelly, he said that he hoped to be back on the practice field around the start of the regular season and was “very confident” that he would avoid being placed on injured reserve.
On Tuesday he said he was “pretty confident” that the IR is not in his future. And it looks like his return date is still a ways off.
Reserve outside linebacker Phillip Hunt underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of his left ACL, the team announced Thursday.
Hunt is the fourth Eagles player to suffer a torn ACL this preseason, joining Jeremy Maclin, Arrelious Benn and fellow linebacker Jason Phillips. The first three players sustained the injury on the NovaCare practice fields. It is believed that Hunt was hurt at Lincoln Financial Field Friday against the Patriots.
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Tuesday’s practice, the Eagles announced.
Benn returned to practice on Sunday after missing much of training camp with knee issues. Chip Kelly praised him following his first practice back, commending him on his knowledge of the playbook and saying that he “flashed” at times.
Talent is not an issue for Benn but injuries have kept him from taking off in the NFL.
He is the third member of the Eagles to suffer a torn ACL this summer, joining Jeremy Maclin and linebacker Jason Phillips.
We have heard about the benefits of sports science when it comes to fine-tuning athletes and shortening recovery time following physical exertion. But what about when you’re fighting back from serious injury? Seems like an appropriate question, seeing as both Jeremy Maclin and Jason Phillips are about to start on the long road back from ACL tears.
Jason Kelce tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee last September against the Ravens. He began his rehab under Andy Reid and finished it under Chip Kelly. By the sounds of it, there is a noticeable difference in their staffs’ approach.
The Eagles placed Jeremy Maclin on injured reserve Tuesday and re-signed receiver Nick Miller.
Maclin suffered a right ACL tear in practice on Saturday.
“It’s definitely going to hurt us, for sure,” said LeSean McCoy of Maclin’s loss. “If anybody tells you anything differently, they’re lying.”
Two days after Maclin’s injury, reserve linebacker Jason Phillips tore his ACL on the same field and was also lost for the season.
Miller was released by the Eagles on July 24 to make room for running back William Powell, who was promptly waived after failing his physical. The 5-9, 180-pound receiver out of Southern Utah has had two stints with the Raiders and one with the Rams, and saw action as a kick and punt returner for both teams. He has four career catches for 48 yards in the NFL.
Eagles linebacker Jason Phillips went down today with a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the 2013 season.
The 27-year-old was added as a free agent this offseason, in large part for his special-teams prowess. Phillips led the Carolina Panthers last year with 16 special-teams tackles. Today’s injury occurred during a kickoff coverage drill.
Phillips figured to add depth behind DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, but the Eagles will now have to look elsewhere for that.
Will the Eagles look outside the organization to help fill the void created by the loss of Jeremy Maclin? Perhaps eventually. But for now, Howie Roseman seems to be searching in-house for answers.
“We have a lot of faith in our skill position players as a whole and that’s how we look at it. We’re not only looking at just our wide receiver group, we’re looking at the running backs, we look at the tight ends, and those are the guys we have high expectations for,” said Roseman. “That’s what camps for — the competition — and that’s why we brought in people to compete.
“We’re always going to explore options and see if there are ways to improve our roster, but right now we’re excited about some of the young guys we have at those positions we just talked about.”
DeSean Jackson sat out practice Friday with an ankle injury.
The receiver was on the field with his teammates at the start of the session, but wore a visor instead of a helmet and was purely a spectator.
Kenny Phillips is about to become a new dad and was not at practice. A team spokesman seemed to think that the safety, who has been sidelined with knee issues, would have participated in practice otherwise. But who knows.
Meanwhile, Cary Williams was once again a no-show. The corner missed about a month of work as he took care of some personal business, which included getting married, having dental work done and tending to a house-build. The latest reason? His daughter’s recital.
LeSean McCoy was absent as well. The Eagles did not give an explanation. Todd Herremans was in attendance but did not participate. No details were provided.
Jason Peters continues to be absent for personal reasons.
These OTAs are voluntary. There is a mandatory minicamp coming up that runs June 4-6.