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November 14, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles might need to count on reserves to play key roles in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with their injury report more crowded than usual this week. Tackle Jason Peters, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and safety Earl Wolff left last Sunday's 27-13 win over the Green Bay Packers. All three missed Tuesday's practice. Wolff will almost certainly miss the Washington game with a knee injury, and whether Kendricks and Peters will be on the field at the Linc on Sunday is still unknown.
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November 12, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
GREEN BAY - For the Eagles, yesterday was going to be about two things. It was going to be about running the football and it was going to be about stopping the run. Even though they never were going to be on the field at the same time, this game was about LeSean McCoy vs. Eddie Lacy. This was the NFL rushing leader vs. the league's hottest young back. When it was over, the Eagles had won the all-important running-back battle and, not coincidentally, the war, 27-13. McCoy, who had failed to rush for more than 55 yards in four of the Eagles' last five games, exploded for his third 150-yard rushing game of the season against a Packers defense that entered the game ranked fourth in the league against the run. McCoy finished with 155 yards on 25 carries.
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November 12, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The tundra wasn't frozen - it doesn't actually freeze anymore since they put heating coils beneath the sod - but it wasn't a toasty day in old Lambeau Field, either. The deep-fried cheese curds were the only warm thing in the building when the Eagles and Packers kicked off on Sunday. This isn't an easy place to play, even against a team missing its starting quarterback and, after one offensive series, missing its backup quarterback, too. That didn't hurt the visitors, but the wind still blew cold and steady off the bay, the 78,000 fans still howled along with it, and the Eagles were aware they hadn't beaten a team with a winning record yet this season.
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November 9, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
With hazing in the news because of the allegations about misconduct on the Miami Dolphins, Eagles coach Chip Kelly described a stance that would suggest a hard line against such behavior. The Eagles don't even have a rookie show, when rookies perform a skit for their teammates. Kelly said the most they do is on a scale of young offensive linemen stocking water bottles in the line's meeting room. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks said he had to pay for some team dinners last season.
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November 6, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Bradley Fletcher exited Sunday's 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders with pectoral injuries. Coach Chip Kelly said Peters would not practice on Tuesday, but he expects him to return this week. Kelly was vague about Fletcher, saying that he would "see as the week goes along. " The Eagles already are thin at cornerback, with only four on the active roster. The team has one open roster spot, so it could add another cornerback this week. One player who can help at cornerback is safety Patrick Chung, who returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with a shoulder injury.
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October 24, 2013 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Powers is well-versed in the sad poetry of war. Powers, who discovered poetry as a teenager in Virginia and war as a soldier in Iraq, drew on his literary skill and his combat experience to write The Yellow Birds , a searingly beautiful novel of the war in Iraq. The Yellow Birds , a 2012 National Book Award finalist, will be named this year's One Book One Philadelphia selection Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Powers will join Mayor Nutter; Marie Field, chair of One Book One Philadelphia; and Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library, for the event.
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October 23, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed linebacker Emmanuel Acho off the New York Giants practice squad on Monday and released cornerback Shaun Prater. Acho spent the offseason, training camp, and preseason with the Eagles. He was released at the end the preseason when the team claimed Prater off waivers. The linebacker then signed with the Giants practice squad. The Eagles host New York on Sunday. "We're looking for another linebacker-type body," general manager Howie Roseman said. "He was productive on special teams in the preseason.
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October 23, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over the last two months, an Eagles quarterback situation that was once as defined as the lines on a legal pad has become as vague as fingerpaint. Michael Vick was the starter. Of this, Chip Kelly was certain. Then Vick injured his hamstring, and Nick Foles suffered a concussion Sunday, and Matt Barkley fluttered three interceptions in Foles' stead against the Cowboys. So here the Eagles are, at 3-4, with a winnable game coming up next week against the Giants, and Kelly either couldn't or wouldn't reveal Monday who would start at quarterback.
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October 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a drastic departure, the Eagles defense had to answer questions about picking up the offense after yet another downer at Lincoln Financial Field. While it wasn't enough to stop their inexplicable home skid, or from preventing Dallas from taking over first place in the NFC East, the Eagles defense held its own during Sunday's 17-3 loss to the visiting Cowboys. The Eagles (3-4) have now lost a franchise-record nine consecutive home games, but this one was more the fault of the offense, whose lone score was set up by the defense.
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October 20, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six games is enough to declare that Chip Kelly has done a better job of getting DeSean Jackson involved in the Eagles passing game than his predecessor. Jeremy Maclin's absence could have something to do with the increased opportunities, but it could also be argued that having another receiver of comparable skill would have further opened things up for Jackson. In 71 games over his first five seasons, Jackson was targeted on 19.5 percent of Eagles pass attempts and caught 17.9 percent of completed throws.
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