Mychal Kendricks looked a little hobbled as he walked around the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.
“It’s football,” said Kendricks. “Everyone’s dinged up.”
The second-year linebacker has a groin injury, turns out, though he was listed as a full participant for Monday’s practice.
Brandon Boykin (quad), Brent Celek (shoulder) and Jason Kelce (thumb) were the other new names on the injury report. Celek was hurt on the same play that Michael Vick was banged up on late in the contest. Both players only missed one down before re-entering the game. Vick was not listed on the report.
“I’ve made mistakes, I think we’ve all made mistakes,” he said. “No one coaches a perfect game, no one plays a perfect game, but you have to learn from those mistakes and hope they don’t happen again.”
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.
Billy Davis indicated today that he’ll make his final evaluations on starters after Saturday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a position-by-position look at which spots are up for grabs, along with comments from Davis.
Your favorite former cornerback tandem has been in the news lately. Nnamdi Asomugha for marrying actress Kerry Washington. (God bless him.) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for acting like Denver was the first coaching staff to ever point out his flaws.
It’s still hard to fathom how a duo with so much talent and four Pro Bowls between them struggled as much as they did while in Philadelphia. After two disappointing seasons both darted west — Asomugha to the Niners and DRC to the Broncos.
Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams are the favorites to fill their spots. They have zero combined Pro Bowl appearances. Where Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie were both taken in the first round of their respective drafts, Fletcher was chosen in the third round and Williams the seventh. In terms of stature, the talent coming in does not match the talent going out.
But we’ve seen how far stature gets you in this league.