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Philadelphia Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks Ruled Out Sunday Against Washington Redskins

September 19th, 2014 at 2:22 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles were dealt a blow today, when linebacker Mychal Kendricks was ruled out for their game Sunday against the Washington Redskins. It does not come as a surprise with Kendricks being unable to practice at all this week, but the team was holding out hope until today.

Kendricks left last week's game against the Indianapolis Colts with a right calf injury. He will be replaced by either Casey Matthews or Emmanuel Acho or possibly some combination of both.

“Both of them are up and competing for it,” Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “We'll see who by the end of the week has a better week. We have complete confidence in both of them. We'll see how the week plays out, but it could be Casey or Acho or a mix of both.”

Kendrick's value to the defense cannot be understated. He is a sure tackler with speed to get from sideline to sideline to disrupt opposing offenses. He will be very difficult to replace, especially because Philadelphia already lost Najee Goode for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Both Matthews and Acho have their work cut out for them. Matthews came in for Kendricks last week, but was replaced by Acho. He had a rough time, missing tackles and being out of position

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Head Coach Chip Kelly Talks Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

September 18th, 2014 at 8:32 PM
By Nick Gill

There was much made about the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to release wide receiver DeSean Jackson this offseason. Jackson was coming off a career season with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. There was speculation that it was Jackson's off field issues that led to the release. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly shined some light on his reasoning this week, indicating the Eagles want bigger receivers.

“We were going in a different direction at the wide receiver position, yeah,” Kelly said. “Everybody ideally would like a [Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson] Megatron type guy, but you can’t get all of those guys. You have to make a decision on the direction you're going and that’s the decision we made.”

So the Eagles went in a different direction and cut ties with Jackson. He ended up signing with the Eagles' NFL East rival, the Washington Redskins. Sunday will be the first meeting between Philly and Jackson.

Because Jackson played in Kelly's offense and against the Eagles' cornerbacks and defense, the question has become will he have an advantage? The same could be said of the Eagles having practiced against Jackson and having knowledge of his tendencies. The answer will come Sunday, but for now Kelly has some thoughts.

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Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday Injury Report: LB Mychal Kendricks Day to Day

September 17th, 2014 at 3:59 PM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles sent out their injury report for Wednesday in preparation for their game Sunday with the Washington Redskins. The most significant name on the list is linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who left Monday night's game with a calf injury. Eagles' defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Kendricks was “day to day”, after getting a MRI on the calf.

Kendricks did not participate in practice Wednesday and his status for Sunday is still being determined. He is a massive part of the Eagles defense especially because the depth behind Kendricks was depleted with the injury to Najee Goode, who was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The Eagles replaced Kendricks Monday with Casey Matthews and then replaced him with Emmanuel Acho because of Matthews' struggles.

Philadelphia got wide receiver Josh Huff back at practice in a limited fashion for the first time since he suffered a shoulder injury in the second preseason game. Cornerback Cary Williams also practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

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Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles Shines in 30-27 Comeback Win Against Indianapolis Colts

September 16th, 2014 at 11:48 AM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles are a second half team. They erased a 17 point deficit in week one against the Jacksonville Jaguars and a 14 deficit against the Indianapolis Colts Monday night. The Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season in part because of an outstanding performance by running back Darren Sproles.

Sproles was the x-factor in the Eagles comeback, catching seven passes for 152 yards and adding a 19 yard rushing touchdown. The Eagles acquired Sproles for a fifth-round pick this offseason, which looks like larceny at this point. Sproles made several explosive plays for the Eagles to aid the comeback including receptions of 51 and 57 yards.

“He is just a dynamic football player and we are really excited,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of Sproles. “He can run it, he can catch it, I mean he can do it all. He’s a complete running back and he really came up huge for us tonight.”

In the first half, the Eagles' defense had problems slowing down the Indianapolis Colts running game. Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and the Indy rushing attack combined for 101 rushing yard in the first half. The run game set up two Andrew Luck short touchdown passes to Bradshaw and tight end Jack Doyle to take a 17-6 halftime lead.

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Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Monday Night Game Preview

September 15th, 2014 at 10:39 AM
By Nick Gill

The Philadelphia Eagles will look to get off to a 2-0 start against the Indianapolis Colts Monday night. The Colts come into the game after losing to the Denver Broncos in the first week of the season. The teams meet on Monday Night Football in front of a national audience.

The Eagles will have a significant challenge slowing down Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck put together a big game last week trying to bring his team back from an early deficit, throwing for 370 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Eagles defense started very slow against the Jaguars in the opener, allowing 17 first half points. The Philly defense made adjustments in the second half and shut down the Jacksonville offense. They will not be afforded the chance to start slow or Luck will make them pay. They defense will need better efforts from cornerback Cary Williams and company to slow down Luck.

As far as the Colts running game goes, it is the weakest part of their offense. Philadelphia can make the Colts one dimensional by taking away the run early. The Colts only rushed for 54 yards in the season opener. The Eagles want to force the Colts to pass and unleash the pass rush.

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