Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/15/18.
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Carson Wentz’s injury identified; doubtful he is questionable - San Diego Union-Tribune
The most likely area of stress fracture is the pars (back part of the ring of the spinal canal). It is most commonly aggravated with repeated hyperextension on the back, common in gymnasts and offensive linemen but not with quarterbacks. There is no direct link to Wentz’s recovery from his severe knee injury last December, but it could be theorized if he is not stepping into throws and arching his back more to get power, it could lead to more stress in the back. Once healed, Wentz should not have issues going forward. The important thing is to get the fracture to heal, and that requires patience like watching grass grow.
Carson Wentz injury just the latest situation to raise serious questions about Eagles’ medical staff - BGN
So, what’s up with this Philadelphia Eagles medical staff? That’s the question on the minds of a lot of fans following the news of Carson Wentz’s fractured back injury. But while Wentz’s situation is certainly at the forefront, it’s not just his injury that’s raised questions about the Eagles’ medical staff this season. The list goes beyond him. Before we get into that, let’s recap how we got here.
At the Podium Special: The Carson Wentz Debacle - BGN Radio
In a special edition of At the Podium we have two press conferences from Doug Pederson. One from Wednesday when he initially announced Carson Wentz would be on the injury report, and one from Friday where he had to handle very different questions about the health and playing status of Wentz. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Source: Earlier scans of Carson Wentz’s back showed stress but no fracture - NBCSP
An NFL source told NBC Sports Philadelphia that the Eagles had been evaluating and monitoring Wentz’s back very closely over the last few months. They had done multiple MRIs and taken multiple images of his back, but a fracture first came up on imaging this week. In fact, Wentz was feeling some pain in another area that led to another test on his back. Wentz’s back was actually feeling a little better recently. Earlier scans did show there was some stress on the back, and it was agreed by all involved that he would keep playing, according to the source.
Looking Short Term And Long Term At QB Position - PE.com
A more overarching story is Wentz and his back injury added to his torn ACL and LCL from 2017 and the fractured ribs he suffered in the preseason of his rookie year. Wentz works hard, he plays hard, and he lives for the game. The Eagles need Wentz to be on the field and know that he’s going to be on the field week after week, year after year. That is the mission in the big picture.
Career-high snaps at 30? Vegan lifestyle helping Eagles’ Jenkins - ESPN
Jenkins hadn’t really planned on becoming a vegan. But when his trial diet netted what he found to be remarkable results, there was no going back. The 10-year vet played a career-high 112 snaps in an overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (99 on defense, 12 on special teams). He has not missed a game in over five years in an Eagles uniform, and is the only member of the original secondary who has not succumbed to injury this season. He credits his diet in part for his ability to recover quickly and maintain a high level of play in the twilight of his career. The decision to go vegan had nothing to do with football. It started last July after Jenkins watched the documentary “What the Health?” on the negative effects of consuming animal products. Never one to just take someone’s word for it, he decided to run a little experiment to challenge some of the film’s findings.
Week 15: Previewing key NFL matchups, fantasy football and Greenline - PFF
Fantasy Stats to Know: Brandin Cooks has disappointed over his last two games with just 84 combined receiving yards. However, good things are ahead for Cooks in Week 15. He gets to face a decimated Eagles secondary that just got torched by Amari Cooper. The Eagles have allowed three receiving scores to wideouts in two of their last four games.
TDN Round Table Mock Draft - The Draft Network
16. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State. “I thought about Deionte Thompson here for a second, as the Eagles desperately need a SAF3 with some coverage skills who can also get to the sideline in time to stop Amari Cooper at least, you know, once a game. But I went with Simmons because he reminds me a bit of Fletcher Cox, in that he wins with quick hand placement and rolling power at the snap. Philadelphia can’t trust Timmy Jernigan, whose guaranteed contract has been voided because of his non-football injury that is leading in part to his back spasms this season — and their depth at DT otherwise is severely lacking.” – Benjamin Solak
Preview: Eagles have a primetime match-up against the L.A. Rams - KYW
The Eagles will visit the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon spoke with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation about what to look for in this one.
League fines Ezekiel Elliott for violating helmet rule - PFT
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott became the first offensive player penalized under the helmet rule this season. He became the second offensive player fined for lowering his helmet to initiate contact. The NFL docked Elliott $26,739 for lowering his helmet to initiate contact, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. Officials flagged Elliott for the hit on Eagles defensive back Corey Graham in last week’s game.
NFL Draft Study: Player Retention - Optimum Scouting
According to FiveThirtyEight, 15 teams in the NFL already have less than a 10 percent chance to make it to the playoffs with three weeks left to go in the season. Draft season is right around the corner, where the hope trafficking will get you to believe that a mid-round guard is a “safe, 10-year starter” and that sixth-round outside linebacker is a “sleeper.” Really, what you want to know is if a given draft pick is going to be a difference-maker for your team long-term. Is he going to be a staple player for your franchise? There’s a chance that you will be able to find someone on the internet who can sell you on any given draft pick. In an attempt to break the cliches and hope trafficking, I decided to take a look for myself at what the chances are of draft picks becoming long-term difference-makers based on where they were selected, hopefully painting a just picture to manage expectations.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 15 edition - PhillyVoice
The Redskins entered this season as a team with a legitimate NFL roster. They had a good offensive line, a smart veteran quarterback, and an up-and-coming defense. Their ceiling wasn’t very high, as in, they were never a threat in any way to contend for a Super Bowl, but they had enough personnel to win some games, maybe push for a playoff berth, and keep the fan base “interested enough.” And they did, for a short while. Then they lost most of their offensive line. And then their quarterback. And then their defense started playing like crap. And then they signed a guy off of waivers who has been arrested twice in the last year for domestic violence, without even contacting police for details of his latest arrest, laughably opting instead to ask two of his former five college teammates already on the roster to vouch for his character. And now, sitting here at Week 15, already on their fourth quarterback this season, the Redskins might presently be the worst --while remaining the most immoral -- team in the NFL.
Eli Manning: Taking stock of what the quarterback is giving the Giants - Big Blue View
Are these five throws (and the other ones that Manning has made during his recent stretch of good play) enough to convince the front office — as well as a skeptical fan base — that Manning is the answer for the 2019 season? Probably not. But again, the Giants may not have another viable option come opening weekend, 2019. The two quarterbacks many consider to be the most talented in the 2019 draft, Justin Herbert and Dwayne Haskins, may still return to school. Even if both come out, currently the Giants are looking at picking 10th in the first round. Ahead of is at least one team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are going to be in the mix for a quarterback. It is not a given that the Giants could find a viable week one starter in next year’s draft. So, it might be time to ride with Manning for one more season, at least at the start. If that is indeed the path, hopefully he has more throws like this in his holster.
Four Must-See Matchups in the NFL Week 15 - The Ringer
It speaks to how good the Rams have been offensively that the last two weeks — a 30–16 win over the Lions and a 15–6 loss to the Bears — are considered cause for alarm. Jared Goff had four interceptions and a 19.1 QB rating in Chicago last week and a 68.6 rating the week before in Detroit. Even an offense as good as the Rams is prone to have two down weeks, but let’s not overreact. Plenty of teams have struggled against the Bears. It would be time to panic, however, if the Rams had similar issues against the Eagles, who were last seen giving up 576 yards to the Cowboys. There’s also the matter of Goff’s home/road splits.
Los Angeles Rams versus Philadelphia Eagles: Matchups to watch - Turf Show Times
RB Todd Gurley vs OLB Nigel Bradham. What better time for a star running back to bounce back than a week after he wasn’t used? Gurley abused the Eagles in 2017, though just like last week, simply wasn’t used nearly enough. Gurley mounted 13 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns, he also chipped in with three receptions for 39 yards. The Eagles’ run defense is ranked 28th in yards-per-carry allowed at 4.9, setting the scene for a massive game from the Rams’ workhorse. Time to let the pony ride, the Rams need to design a gameplan on the back of their best player.
Does any NFC team actually want the final wild card spot in the NFL playoffs? - SB Nation
The Eagles haven’t captured the success that they had during their magical Super Bowl run in 2017, and now the rest of their 2018 season appears to be in doubt. Quarterback Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebrae that might keep him out for the rest of the season — at the very least he’s going to be out this week against the Los Angeles Rams, even if the Eagles are calling him “questionable.” That means it’s time for Nick Foles, who didn’t exactly play well in the two games he started this year; he has passer rating of 78.9 this season. The Eagles defense also isn’t performing at the level they did a year ago. When they really needed a stop at the end of their 29-23 overtime loss against the Cowboys, they had absolutely no answer for Amari Cooper. Philadelphia can be eliminated from winning the NFC East with a loss against the Rams this week. Good luck!
Mentioned on @gmfb: #Eagles LB Kamu Grugier-Hill was fined $20,054 for the leg whip a few weeks ago that injured #Giants WR Odell Beckham, who has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the #Titans.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 15, 2018
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