Veteran Eagles Beat Writer Jeff McLane Tossed From Lincoln Financial Field During Sunday’s Game

Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles on Sunday ejected Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane from Lincoln Financial Field after he and a member of the Eagles’ media relations department got into an argument over how loudly reporters in the press box were discussing a penalty, Chris Palmer of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

McLane, who has covered the team for eight seasons, was escorted from the stadium during the second half of the Eagles’ final regular-season game, against the Dallas Cowboys.

Anne Gordon, the team’s senior vice president of marketing, media, and communications and a former Inquirer managing editor, said McLane violated the press box’s “well-understood code of conduct” while arguing with the Eagles employee.

The ejection brought a sharp rebuke from Inquirer senior vice president and executive editor Stan Wischnowski.

“We find the actions taken by the Eagles media relations staff to be extremely disappointing and unprofessional,” Wischnowski said. “Jeff has spent eight years covering the Eagles exhaustively in a fair, accurate and thorough manner.”

McLane said that during the game, Zach Groen, an Eagles public relations coordinator who sits in the press box, told journalists sitting in McLane’s row that they were speaking too loudly while debating a penalty in the third quarter.

McLane said he and the other reporters snapped back at Groen. Gordon said McLane told Groen to “shut up,” though McLane said he did not use those words.

McLane said that after the initial verbal sparring, he decided to talk about the issue with Groen outside the press box.

McLane said the discussion was “a slight argument, but nothing out of the ordinary.” He said the discussion included his mentioning a football writers’ union that advocates for access by journalists. After a few minutes, McLane said, both men calmly returned to the press box.

About 15 minutes later, McLane said, an Eagles security employee returned with Gordon and told McLane he was being kicked out. Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes posted a picture of the encounter on Twitter.

Gordon cited McLane’s behavior and his bringing up the union during the conversation with Groen as factors in his dismissal. She did not elaborate.

“I asked for security to eject Jeff from our press box, a press box that has a standard code of behavior that every reporter understands and actually participates in endorsing and policing . . . so that people can watch the game and can follow and do their jobs carefully,” she said.

Giants vs Eagles NFL Week 16 Notes

THURSDAY NIGHT NOTES:

NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-9)

December 22, 2016

Week 16 kicks off on Thursday night as the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM) in an NFC East showdown. The Giants, who have 10 wins for the first time since 2010, can clinch a playoff berth with a victory. New York defeated the Eagles 28-23 in Week 9 as QB ELI MANNING passed for four touchdowns, including two to WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. Beckham, who has 85 receptions for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, joined JOHN JEFFERSON (1978-1980) and RANDY MOSS (1998-2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three NFL seasons. Eagles QB CARSON WENTZ, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, leads all rookies with 339 completions and ranks second with 3,385 pass yards and 13 touchdown passes, while LB JORDAN HICKS is one of two NFL linebackers (THOMAS DAVIS) with at least three interceptions (three) and a sack this season.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  GIANTS EAGLES
SERIES LEADER 83-78-2  
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Ben McAdoo: 1-0 Doug Pederson: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 17-6 vs. Detroit L 27-26 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 11/6/16: Eagles 23 at Giants 28. New York Giants QB Eli Manning passes for 257 yards & 4 TDs. Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has 2 TD catches.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/15: Eagles 27, Giants 7. Philadelphia RB DeMarco Murray rushes for 112 yards & TD. Eagles CB Nolan Carroll has 17-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (Phi). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Phi).

STATS

PASSING Eli Manning: 322-508-3491-25-13-89.3 Carson Wentz (R): 339-540-3385-13-13-78.5
RUSHING Rashad Jennings: 154-497-3.2-2 Ryan Mathews: 137-615-4.5-8
RECEIVING Odell Beckham Jr.: 85-1173-13.8-10 Jordan Matthews: 71-792-11.2-3
OFFENSE 320.6 340.4
TAKE/GIVE -3 +2
DEFENSE 347.5 344.2
SACKS Olivier Vernon: 8.5 Fletcher Cox: 6.5
INTs Landon Collins: 5 Jordan Hicks, Rodney McLeod: 3
PUNTING Brad Wing: 46.2 Donnie Jones: 45.4
KICKING Robbie Gould: 30 (18/21 PAT; 4/4 FG) Caleb Sturgis: 120 (24/25 PAT; 32/37 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING has 559 pass yards (279.5 per game) with 6 TDs & 2 INTs for 94.9 rating in past 2 vs. Phi. Is 7th player in NFL history with 4,000+ career completions (4,017)…RB RASHAD JENNINGS has 394 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 5 meetings…WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 26 receptions for 354 rec. yards & 4 TDs in past 4. Has 35 TD catches since 2014, most in NFL. Is 1st player in NFL history with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR STERLING SHEPARD ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 592 rec. yards & ties for 2nd with 7 TD catches. WR VICTOR CRUZ has 3 rec. TDs in 4 games at Phi…DE OLIVIER VERNON has 7.5 sacks in past 7. Has 2 sacks in past 3 vs. division. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had INT in Week 15. S LANDON COLLINS is only player with 5+ INTs (5) & 3+ sacks (3). Leads NFC safeties with 108 tackles…EAGLES: QB CARSON WENTZ ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 3,385 pass yards & 13 pass TDs. Has 88.5 rating in 6 career home games…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 5 rush TDs in past 6. RB DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL history with 30+ rec. TDs (30), 20+ rush TDs (21), PR-TD (7) & KR-TD (2)…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS has 3 TD catches in past 4 vs. NYG. Has 26 receptions for 322 yards & 2 TDs in past 4 at home vs. division. In past 2 meetings, TE ZACH ERTZ has 17 receptions for 249 rec. yards (124.5 per game). Has 524 rec. yards (87.3 per game) in past 6 vs. NFC East…DT FLETCHER COX has 2.5 sacks in past 2. Has 6.5 sacks & FF in past 7 at home. LB JORDAN HICKS had INT in Week 15. Has 5 INTs since 2015, tied for 2nd-most among NFL LBs. CB NOLAN CARROLL aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with INT.

Eagles Ink CB Dwayne Gratz and Long Snapper Rick Lovato

Dwayne Gratz

The Eagles signed cornerback Dwayne Gratz and long snapper on Rick Lovato on Monday night and placed long snapper Jon Dorenbos, running back Wendell Smallwood, and tackle Matt Tobin on injured reserve, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

They still have one open spot on the 53-man roster.

Gratz, 26, is in his fourth NFL season and last played for the Los Angeles Rams. He spent his first three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting 25 of 37 games from 2013-2015. He has 119 career tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

Lovato, 24, played two games with the Green Bay Packers last season and two games with the Washington Redskins this season. He’s from Middletown, N.J. and played college football at Old Dominion.

Eagles Lose Big Back and Forth Affair with Redskins 27-22 to Drop to 5-8

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Chris Thompson’s 25-yard touchdown run with 1:54 remaining lifted the Redskins to a 27-22 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, including an 80-yard toss to DeSean Jackson, and had a pick-six.

The Eagles took a 22-21 lead when Caleb Sturgis hit a 41-yard field goal with 4:59 left after holder Donnie Jones got the high snap from third-string long snapper Trey Burton down in time.

Carson Wentz
drove Philadelphia to the Redskins 14 in the final minute, but Ryan Kerrigan sacked him to force a fumble and seal the win for Washington.

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Eagles Wide Out Jordan Matthews to Play Vs Redskins Despite Ankle Injury

Jordan Matthews

After sitting out last week due to an ankle injury, Philadelphia Eagles wide out Jordan Matthews is ready to take the field as he will play today against the Redskins despite an ankle injury.

This season Matthews has 57 catches for 686 yards and three scores. October 16th against the Redskins Matthews had three catches for 75 yards.

What if the Eagles Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Eagles will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Eagles Blown Out by Bengals in Cincinnati 32-14

Philadelphia Eagles v Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes and Cincinnati finally got its depleted offense moving without receiver A.J. Green, and the Bengals sent the Philadelphia Eagles to their most lopsided loss of the season, 32-14 on Sunday.

The Bengals (4-7-1) got their first win since Oct. 23, beating a team that’s in a swoon of its own. The Eagles (5-7) opened the season with three straight wins, but have dropped seven of nine.

Dalton had completions of 50, 44, 29, 23 and 21 yards as the Bengals scored on each of their first six possessions for a 29-0 lead, reinventing themselves with Green and running back Giovani Bernard sidelined by injuries. The previous time they scored on their first six possessions was 2009 against the Bears.

The only bad moment: Mike Nugent missed another point-after-touchdown kick wide to the right, his fourth miss in a span of five PAT tries. Nugent made field goals from 32, 33, 26 and 38 yards, the last one deflecting off the left upright.

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Eagles at Bengals NFL Week 13 Capsule

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-6) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-7-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  EAGLES BENGALS
SERIES LEADER   8-3-1
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 0-0 Marvin Lewis: 2-0-1
LAST WEEK L 27-13 vs. Green Bay L 19-14 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 12/13/12: Bengals 34 at Eagles 13. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton passes for TD & rushes for TD. Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry has 25-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: Eagles 13, Bengals 13 (OT). Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb passes for 339 yards & TD. Cincinnati QB Ryan Fitzpatrick passes for 261 yards & TD.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Phi), 113 (Cin). XM: 384 (Phi), 230 (Cin).

STATS

PASSING Carson Wentz (R): 249-392-2593-11-8-83.4 Andy Dalton: 259-408-3043-12-6-89.7
RUSHING Ryan Mathews: 102-427-4.2-7 Jeremy Hill: 147-644-4.4-6
RECEIVING Jordan Matthews: 57-686-12.0-3 Tyler Boyd (R): 38-411-10.8-1
OFFENSE 336.0 368.4
TAKE/GIVE +3 +1
DEFENSE 339.4 366.5
SACKS Brandon Graham: 5 Carlos Dunlap: 6.5
INTs Rodney McLeod: 3 Dre Kirkpatrick: 3
PUNTING Donnie Jones: 45.4 Kevin Huber: 45.8
KICKING Caleb Sturgis: 96 (T3L) (21/22 PAT; 25/29 FG) Mike Nugent: 73 (19/23 PAT; 18/23 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: QB CARSON WENTZ ranks 2nd among NFL rookies in pass yards (2,593) & TD passes (11). Has 579 pass yards (289.5 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.3 rating in 2 career games vs. AFC. Had 1st career rush TD in Week 12…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 4 rush TDs in past 4. RB DARREN SPROLES has 3 TDs (2 PR, 1 rush) in past 2 on road vs. AFC…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with TD catch. TE ZACH ERTZ has 23 receptions since Week 9, tied for most by NFL TE…DT FLETCHER COX had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had career-high 2.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 4 sacks in past 4 vs. AFC. LB CONNOR BARWIN has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. Cin. LB JORDAN HICKS has 2 INTs in past 3 on road. Has 4 INTs since 2015, tied for 3rd-most among NFL LBs. LB NIGEL BRADHAM has 36 tackles (9 per game) in past 4 games on road…BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON passed for 283 yards & TD last week. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 3,043 pass yards. Is 1 of 2 QBs (PEYTON MANNING) in NFL history with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 6 seasons…RB JEREMY HILL aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Since 2014, ranks 2nd in NFL with 26 rush TDs…TE TYLER EIFERT has 303 rec. yards (75.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 games. Has 15 TD catches since 2015, 2nd most among NFL TEs. Rookie WR TYLER BOYD ranks 4th among NFL rookies with 38 catches…LB VONTAZE BURFICT aims for 5th in row with 10+ tackles. Had 3 TFL in last meeting. DE WALLACE GILBERRY had sack, TFL & FR-TD in last meeting. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 1.5 sacks in past 2. Had FF in last meeting. Is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks (6.5) & 10 PD (10). CB DRE KIRKPATRICK has INT in 2 of past 3 games. DT GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 47.5 sacks since 2010.