Rib Injury to Keep Rookie QB Carson Wentz On the Sideline for Eagles Thursday

Carson Wentz

Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz won’t play in the Eagles preseason finale on Thursday cecause one of his ribs isn’t completely healed, Dave Zangaro of CSN Philadelphia reports.

According to coach Doug Pederson, a CT scan revealed that Wentz’s 10th rib on his right side is completely healed but the 11th is just at 60 percent.

When asked if that means Wentz won’t play, Pederson said, “If he’s 60 percent with that rib, probably not.”

The No. 2 overall pick hurt his ribs when he took a shot late in the first preseason game against the Bucs back on Aug. 11. He hasn’t practiced in full since then, but has worked out and went through a lengthy pregame workout on Saturday. Pederson said Wentz is still sore from Saturday’s workout.

For now, the plan is to continue to rehab Wentz by giving him more and more over time.

“Obviously, where we are this late in the process as far as training camp goes, it definitely hurts from a young quarterback standpoint, his position to fully grasp and understand the offense,” Pederson said. “But again, I just go back to what I see in the classroom, what I see off the field. His work habit here, his work ethic here, and just what he knows and what he understands.”

Eagles Lose Rookie Linebacker Joe Walker for the Season With a Torn ACL

Joe Walker

Eagles rookie linebacker Joe Walker will miss the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Walker, a seventh-round pick from Oregon, was attempting to make a tackle during the teams’ 17-0 win over the Steelers Thursday at Heinz Field when he was injured.

Philadelphia took Walker in the seventh round of this year’s draft out of Oregon.

The Eagles already have issues with depth at the linebacker spot, and losing Walker isn’t going to help matters, meaning you can expect the team to be looking at the waiver wire for a possible replacement.

Walker said that he felt a pop in the knee while trying to make a tackle on the final play of the first half, a kickoff that followed a field goal.

The Eagles will be back in action at home on Thursday, September 1st at 7pm as they host the New York Jets. There are plenty of Eagles tickets available for the final preseason matchup before the team gets ready to start the season against Cleveland on September 11th at home.

Eagles Acquire WR Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans for OL Dennis Kelly

Dorial Green-Beckham

The Eagles have a new wide out to try out, as the team made a deal Tuesday with the Tennessee Titans for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

In return the Eagles sent lineman Dennis Kelly back to the Titans.

“Not to speak on Philly’s behalf but they inquired about it,” Titans general manager Robinson said on the team’s website. “They thought it was a good opportunity for him, and we thought adding Dennis would be good for our football team. We are moving on. I appreciate everything Dorial did when he was here. He bought in to what we were trying to do. But in the end we felt like this was the best decision for the team.”

Green-Beckham recorded 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie in 2015. He finished fifth among rookie receivers for receiving yards.

Kelly has started 15 games for the Eagles since being draft in 2012. He played in 14 games last season, making two starts at right tackle.

Donovan McNabb Thinks the Eagles Made a Big Mistake With Bradford and Wentz

Donovan McNabb

The Eagles have a lot of cap space devoted to quarterbacks with Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz and Chase Daniels.

Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb thinks it’s dumb how the Eagles have handled that position, Dan Levy of Billypenn.com reports.

“And now you sign — which was dumb — you sign Sam Bradford to a multi-year deal and give him big money, then you trade picks to move up to No. 2 – that was dumb,” McNabb added. “I mean, nothing against Carson Wentz, but why would you do that? That’s just a bad business decision from the Philadelphia Eagles.”

“You know the whole thing about it which is funny to me? When people jumped on Sam Bradford because he was seeking a trade, I told people, man, I said ‘I’ll be honest with you, I don’t blame him.’ Think about this whole situation, and I had to explain it to people because they think he needed to come back and compete. I said even if he competes and they go 9-7 or 10-6 and he plays the whole year, it’s time for the young kid to step in and play.”

“If he’s not ready in year two, then that was dumb on the Eagles’ part.”

Eagles Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Eagles Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Philadelphia Eagles!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Eagles colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Eagles can?

Training Camp Opens with Uncertain Direction for Eagles

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First year head coach Doug Pederson has an unenviable task as the Eagles begin training camp. He takes over a team only won 7 games last season, but only finished just 2 games behind the Redskins for the NFC East title. They spent a lot to move up to #2 in the NFL Draft to select future starting quarterback Carson Wentz, yet they traded for a young and established starting quarterback in Sam Bradford just one year earlier. So are they a team on the rebuild following the failed years of Chip Kelly? Or are the Eagles a team that can take that extra step this season and make the playoffs in what is arguably the most unpredictable and most competitive division in the NFL?

The 2016 season might look like a little of both.

The offensive line has been one of the strengths the last few seasons, and it will actually begin this season with even more depth than in previous years. The player to keep an eye on from that bunch is rookie Isaac Seumalo out of Oregon State. The third round pick is quick, strong, versatile, and the son of a coach, which usually translates into an easier transition at the next level.

Under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, the defense is making the transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 for the 2016 season. New free safety Rodney McLeod, who fits better into Schwarz’s scheme, gives the secondary a legitimate turnover machine. And all signs point to a healthy Nolan Carroll reclaiming his starting position at cornerback. But the biggest change for this unit will be the time they get to sit and rest on the sidelines. After four straight years of finishing dead last in opposition time of possession, the benefit of saying good bye to Chip Kelly’s fast break offense will pay big dividends.

Second-year wide receiver Nelson Agholor recently learned that he will not be charged for sexual assault stemming from an incident at a strip club on June 9. So while that should no longer be a distraction for the former 1st round pick going forward, his disappointing play a year ago might be. He must improve for the Eagles offense to improve. Philadelphia’s wide receivers is a group without a star, so the opening is there for Agholor, if the former USC Trojan can focus enough to take it.

Other questions to be answered on offense will involve Ryan Mathews, and how he will do as the unchallenged starter at running back. And of course the big million-dollar question, can Sam Bradford cut down on his interceptions and throw for more than 3500-yards for the fourth time in his career. We already know that Pederson favors keeping Wentz on the sideline for as long as possible this season. But as training camp progresses and we move into the season, could that change? And how will Philadelphia’s place in the NFC East standings effect that decision later in the year? Only time will tell.

Eagles Linebacker Nigel Bradham Arrested in Miami Monday After Incident in Hotel

Nigel Bradham

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested in Miami on Monday, two days before he was due to report for training camp, Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com reports.

Bradham turned himself in to Miami police after an incident last Thursday at a South Beach hotel, The Hilton Bentley South Beach. According to the police report, Bradham was in a group of customers at the hotel. Bradham verbally complained to a hotel worker about the speed of service.

The incident “escalated,” according to the police report, “when the defendant, without provocation, struck the victim in the nose with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground.”

The victim, who suffered a broken nose, contusions and a cut lip, identified Bradham from photographs shown by police the next day. According to the police report, Bradham was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.

He has a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 2. The Eagles have their first day off of camp scheduled for that day.

“We are aware of the recent incident involving Nigel Bradham in Miami,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We have been in contact with Nigel and the proper authorities. Due to the ongoing legal process, the Eagles will have no further comment at this time.”

New Eagles Coach Pederson Says QB Wentz Not Likely to Be Active on Gameday Early On

Carson Wentz

Ever since the Eagles selected Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, they’ve made it clear that they want to be extremely patient with him. Wentz is a player the Eagles view as the long term centerpiece of the franchise, but not in any way some kind of short term fix, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports.

They’re so dedicated to their patient approach, in fact, that Wentz probably won’t even be active on game day initially, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

“Typically, the third quarterback is down,” said Pederson. “It’s hard right now to look down the road, but if we had to play this week, Carson would be down. He’d be the third quarterback. He’d be deactivated. That’s probably the direction we’re heading, I would think is going that route. Obviously barring injury and, as you know, how this game is, but typically the third quarterback, whoever that is, is down on game day.”