|Eagles QB Michael Vick misses Wednesday’s practice, Week 11 status uncertain||11.14.12 at 7:34 pm ET|
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did not practice on Wednesday but has not been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
Vick suffered a concussion in the second quarter of a 38-23 loss to Cowboys this past Sunday and his availability this week is uncertain.
ESPN reports that a source has said backup Nick Foles will, in fact, make the start on Sunday, but the team has not confirmed.
Foles, a rookie, took first-team snaps at Wednesday’s practice and would make his first career start if Vick has to miss the game.
Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception after replacing Vick. The Eagles couldn’t muster a win, though, and dropped their fifth straight game.
Eagles coach Andy Reid offered little insight into Vick’s condition but said he was resting.
“Michael’s in a good place,” Reid said. “He’s hurting a little bit from the concussion, but he’s in a good place. I haven’t tried to overburden him right now.”
The Eagles and Redskins are tied for last place in the NFC East.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets hit new low in embarrassing loss to Dolphins||10.29.12 at 7:59 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: 49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets are the team that just keeps on giving, at least when it comes to making headlines for their silly behavior and tough talk that they have not been able to back up this season. Following a week of trash-talking, mainly emanating from New York, the Jets went out and dropped a 30-9 decision to the visiting Dolphins on an embarrassing afternoon for Gang Green.
“When you’re playing against another team and they’re running their mouth, you’re going to go out and play harder. That’s part of the game,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. “It feels good. We said during the week, if people are going to talk, we’re going to go out there and just play harder.”
Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush, who was in the middle of last week’s back-and-forth, accusing the Jets of trying to hurt him in the teams’ first meeting, had a 19-yard run in the first quarter Sunday before colliding with outspoken cornerback Antonio Cormartie near the sideline. Cromartie then head-butted Bush, earning a flag for unnecessary roughness.
“I ain’t lose my composure,” insisted Cromartie, who dislocated his pinkie on the play. “I just called him a punk, and that’s exactly what he is. I didn’t head-butt him; I pushed him first, then I head-butted him.”
Bush, who yelled at Jets coach Rex Ryan while on the New York sideline, got in the last word. Even though Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was knocked out the game on the first series (injured quadriceps), leaving backup Matt Moore to do most of the damage against the Jets’ once-feared defense, Miami was able to roll, and Bush implied that the Jets (now 3-5) were quitters.
“It’s very satisfying. It’s as good as it gets,” Bush said. “We knew we wanted to jump on them early, and I think we were able to accomplish that. I think once we got on them early, they kind of laid down a little bit.”
Jets fans also quit on their team — at least on starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The crowd chanted for backup Tim Tebow, and that did not sit well with at least one Jet.
“That chant is BS. … I think the fans are out of place,” wide receiver Chaz Schilens said, acknowledging: “They’re pissed. They have a right to be pissed.”
♦ Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel‘s return to Philadelphia went well, as Atlanta remained undefeated with a 30-17 victory over his former team. After the game, Samuel complained that Eagles coach Andy Reid snubbed him.
“Andy Reid, why didn’t you speak to me?” Samuel told reporters. “What did I do to you, man? I’ve got nothing but love for you, Big Red. … He wouldn’t speak to me, man — can you believe that? As happy as I am, he wouldn’t even tell me, ‘Great game, Asante, I love ya, man.’ ”
Samuel, who said maybe it was his celebratory dancing that “got to [Reid] a little bit,” was asked about the difference between the teams.
“I think it’s the coaching,” said the onetime Patriot. “We’ve got really good coaching.”
♦ Manny Ramirez apparently hasn’t given up on his baseball career. The former Red Sox slugger, twice banned by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, reportedly will play for Las Aguilas in his native Dominican Republic in an effort to impress three Japanese teams that have shown an interest.
According to the New York Post, the 40-year-old Ramirez is scheduled to fly from his home in Florida to the Dominican Republic on Monday to join the team, which already has begun its winter league season.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 29, 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the league announced its list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The list included a number of Celtics — nine who played all or most of their career with the C’s, one who played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston, three who played two seasons or less with the Celtics, and one who had not yet played in Boston but made a brief stop here before retiring. Who are they?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankee claims home fans’ booing ‘spooked’ team||10.19.12 at 7:57 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Giants at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
College football: UConn at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: 76ers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA finals: Lynx at Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Yankees were swept out of the postseason Thursday night in Detroit, but the beginning of the end came days earlier in the Bronx. An unidentified Yankees player told the New York Daily News that the team was stunned by the way New York fans turned on the offensively inept team last weekend, and the players were unable to regain their composure.
“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys,” the player said. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands.
Outfielder Nick Swisher referenced the behavior after Game 2, but now we’ve learned that other players shared his view.
“A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse,” the player said. “I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don’t think they ever recovered.”
Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez, who went 0-for-2 in Game 4 to finish his postseason at 3-for-25 (.120) with 12 strikeouts and no RBIs, continues to insist publicly that he wants to remain with the Yanks.
“I’ve never thought about going to another team,” he said. “My focus is to stay here. Let’s make that very, very clear. No. 2, I don’t expect to be mediocre. I expect to do what I’ve done for a long time.”
♦ An eighth-grader in Littleton, Colo., is finding his life is a little different since Peyton Manning joined the Broncos. That’s because the kid’s name also is Peyton Manning.
“People don’t believe me sometimes. They think I’m trying to impersonate,” said the 14-year-old, who was born three days before the quarterback made his NFL debut with the Colts in 1998. “Facebook won’t let me do Manning at all, no matter how many times I try.”
The young Manning does not play football, but he is the captain for his youth hockey team.
♦ The county coroner in Easton, Pa., determined that Eagles coach Andy Reid‘s son, Garrett, died of an accidental heroin overdose. Garrett Reid was found dead in his Lehigh University dorm room at Eagles preseason camp on Aug. 5. Investigators revealed that they found a used syringe and spoon in the room along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many unopened. The 29-year-old, a recovering drug addict, apparently had a relapse.
“These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along,” the Reid family said in a statement. “We understood that Garrett’s long-standing battle with addiction was going to be difficult. He will, however, always have our family’s love and respect for the courage he showed in trying to overcome it. In the end, we take comfort in our faith and know that he’s in a better place.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 19, 2004, in Game 6 of the ALCS, Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-2, in the “bloody sock” game at Yankee Stadium. The game also featured Alex Rodriguez slapping the ball out of the glove of which Sox pitcher who went to tag him out, causing panic in Sox Nation until the umpires conferred and ruled A-Rod out for interference?
|Eagles coach Andy Reid ‘still evaluating’ team after firing defensive coordinator||10.17.12 at 5:12 pm ET|
In an attempt to strengthen his 3-3 Eagles, coach Andy Reid replaced his defense coordinator and is considering more changes going forward.
Reid fired Juan Castillo on Tuesday and promoted secondary coach Todd Bowles. It was the first time Reid dismissed a coach midseason in his 14 years in charge. The move came after the Eagles blew a 10-point lead to the Lions with 5:18 remaining this past Sunday.
Interestingly, Reid did not rule out additional changes to his coaching staff.
“Please understand that offense, defense and special teams right now, we need to get better,” Reid said. “I’m going to continue to work through that and it’s my responsibility to do that. I’m just bringing this to you because this is what’s happened so far. I’m still evaluating.”
Reid, however, did affirm that he would be sticking with quarterback Michael Vick.
“As I sit here today, Michael’s the starting quarterback,” Reid said.
The Eagles have a bye this weekend before taking on the Falcons in Week 8.
|Michael Vick suffers two broken ribs in loss to Cardinals||11.14.11 at 4:24 pm ET|
An injury-plagued season continues for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who broke two ribs in the Eagles’ 21-17 loss to the Cardinals Sunday, Eagles coach Andy Reid said in his Monday press conference.
Vick was 16-of-34 for 128 yards Sunday and threw two interceptions. His inaccuracy was concerning considering he normally completes around 60 percent of his passes. Reid said Vick did not tell him he was in pain during the game and kept playing.
This is not the first time Vick has been injured this season. The quarterback suffered a concussion in Week 2 and a hand contusion in Week 3. He criticized the referees for not handing out “the 15-yard flags like [they do for] everybody else” when someone hits a quarterback.
Vick’s status for the Eagles’ Week 11 match-up against the Giants is unclear. The Eagles will play the Patriots in Week 12 in Philadelphia.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Arguments, injuries for NFL coaches Sunday||10.17.11 at 8:00 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ It was a tough day for NFL coaches Sunday. The big news was fired-up 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh instigating a confrontation with Lions coach Jim Schwartz with his obnoxious handshake after San Francisco’s big win.
Schwartz responded by chasing after Harbaugh, causing players to step in and separate the pair.
In Tampa, Saints coach Sean Payton suffered a broken leg and torn knee ligament after a sideline collision during New Orleans’ loss to the Buccaneers.
Here’s one more: Eagles coach Andy Reid is stung by a gut punch from a celebrating LeSean McCoy. At least the Eagles won, beating the Redskins.
♦ Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley is not convinced the current members of the team have what it takes to restore New York to a title-contending level. Oakley said the West Coast style of coach Mike D’Antoni and star Amar’e Stoudemire won’t last in the East. “They’ve got hype,” Oakley said. “But hype don’t win nothing.” Oakley, who was an assistant coach with Bobcats last season, said he wants to help his old team but the Knicks “don’t want nothing to do with me.” He then took a shot at former team president Isiah Thomas. “I don’t understand how he even got a job with management,” Oakley said. “He had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks. … If I see him, he’d better turn around and go the other way.”
♦ The Associated Press college football poll is celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall. AP sports columnist Jim Litke takes a look at the controversy the poll has stirred up through the years.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 17, 2004, the Red Sox began their historic comeback against the Yankees with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, highlighted by a run in the ninth off Mariano Rivera to force extra innings. David Ortiz won it in the 12th with a two-run home run off which former Red Sox pitcher?
|Eagles reportedly looking to trade CB Joselio Hanson||08.27.11 at 1:08 pm ET|
The Eagles went to great lengths to upgrade their secondary this offseason, adding Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie through a trade. Now, with a crowded group of cornerbacks, Philadelphia is reportedly fielding offers for veteran Joselio Hanson, who sits fourth on the depth chart.
According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles likely will trade Hanson before the final cutdown day on Sept. 3. The cornerback has played in 82 games over five years in Philadelphia and is one of nine Eagles remaining from the 2006 team.
Hanson did not play much in the Eagles’ preseason game Thursday night, but coach Andy Reid claimed it was because he wanted to get a closer look at second-year player Brandon Hughes.
“We’re in this evaluation process,” Reid said. “I know what [Hanson] can do. He’s a good football player. He’s played for me for a number of years. … I have to see what else I have got and make sure that we give them enough reps to show.”
|QB Kevin Kolb draws interest from other teams, Eagles coach Andy Reid says||03.18.11 at 11:26 am ET|
Eagles coach Andy Reid said teams have been in touch to discuss backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. With Michael Vick entrenched as Philadelphia’s starter, the team is seeing what it could get for the established No. 2 QB.
“People have shown a little interest [Kolb], and as this thing picks up, I’m sure it will continue,” Reid said in an article on the team’s website. “Listen we’ll sit back and we’ll evaluate.”
Reid noted that the Eagles might decide to keep Kolb.
“You look at his numbers and the things he did when he had the opportunity to start, and you start six or seven games and you’re the NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice, and all the 300-yard games he put together and the way he commands the offense and all these things, you’re not in a big hurry to get rid of Kevin Kolb,” Reid said.
|Rumor of Jon Gruden to Eagles ‘ridiculous’||02.07.11 at 10:19 am ET|
Sunday night, a wild rumor surfaced claiming that Jon Gruden was going to replace Andy Reid as Eagles coach as early as Tuesday.
Monday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter shot it down, tweeting, Was told last night by 3 separate people, “ridiculous,” “impossible,” “no.”
Reid is still under contract with the Eagles and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.
|Eagles lose Stewart Bradley and Brandon Graham for significant time||12.13.10 at 2:23 pm ET|
The Eagles announced Monday that they will likely will miss two defensive starters for the rest of the regular season. Rookie defensive end Brandon Graham tore a knee ligament and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley dislocated his elbow in the team’s 30-27 win over the Cowboys.
Graham’s injury will require surgery and should keep him our for the rest of the regular season, if not for the season. The 13th pick in the NFL draft has started six games for the Eagles and recorded three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Coach Andy Reid said that Bradley will be out indefinitely but could return later this season. Bradley is second on the team with 84 tackles.
The injury is another setback among a string of injuries for the fourth-year player. He sustained a concussion in Week 1 that kept him out the next week and he missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
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