August 3, 2002 |
It was the heat. And the humidity. And the hitting. And the competitiveness of NFL players. And the pressure of looking good for coaches. All those factors made for a memorable day yesterday at Eagles training camp. The high temperature at nearby Lehigh International Airport was 99 degrees. There was no breeze at all, especially during the longer and more grueling morning practice. Two players - offensive tackle Jon Runyan and cornerback Al Harris - left practice because of dehydration.
January 27, 2002 |
To beat St. Louis in the NFC championship game, the Eagles will need to pressure Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, who would seem fragile with his bad back, bad throat and bad ribs. They will need to hit him, rattle him, and ruin his timing with his carpet-burning receivers. Corey Simon is a good candidate for the job. He finished third in the NFL among defensive tackles this season with 7 1/2 sacks. Only Seattle's John Randle (11) and New Orleans' La'Roi Glover (eight) had more. In just two seasons, Simon, the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 2000, has 17 sacks.
January 18, 2002 |
My husband is a Phreak. Don't get me wrong: He is a wonderful man, and I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else. Since his appearance, character, sense of humor and personal hygiene all leave me without complaint, I suppose that I am lucky among wives. This being said, however, I am not sure that I understood, when we married, just what place I would have in his life: specifically, that I would always come second. Not to another woman, mind you, but to a bunch of burly guys in tight pants.
December 12, 2001 |
While the Eagles didn't want to lose Stephen Neal, his departure yesterday allowed them to shore up a potential problem spot on their roster. Neal, the one-time Greco-Roman wrestling star, signed with the New England Patriots. That's the team that brought him to training camp last summer and moved him from defensive end to offensive tackle. Neal had been on the Eagles' practice squad, learning his new position, since being released by the Patriots back in September. The Eagles brought back 320-pound defensive tackle Pernell Davis to take Neal's spot on the five-man practice squad.
December 10, 2001 |
Eagles punter Sean Landeta has been around forever. Eagles kicker David Akers hopes his NFL career lasts as long. Together, they have been the mark of consistency for the Eagles this season. Landeta, a 17-year NFL veteran, punted 10 times yesterday against San Diego. He made it a game of field position as he pinned the Chargers deep in their territory each time he kicked in the second half. He also set an NFL record. When Landeta punted for the sixth time yesterday - a 49-yard kick in the third quarter that was downed by Dameane Douglas on the Chargers' 5-yard line - he broke Lee Johnson's NFL record of 1,187 punts.
November 24, 2001 |
When the Eagles face the Washington Redskins tomorrow at Veterans Stadium, in what could be the toughest contest they play this month, rookie defensive end Derrick Burgess might get his second NFL start. Burgess, 23, a 6-foot-2, 266-pounder from the University of Mississippi, started his first game Sunday at Dallas when a strained hamstring kept Brandon Whiting, the Eagles left defensive end, out of the lineup. Whiting is on the mend, but was unable to complete practice yesterday after the hamstring tightened.
October 23, 2001 |
The Eagles signed James Thrash, at least in part, because he had played well against the New York Giants. Thrash, the Eagles' only significant offensive free-agent pickup in the off-season, caught six passes for 77 yards in the 10-9 victory over the Giants last night. The one that mattered, though, was an 18-yard touchdown that exemplified Thrash's value to the team. "That's why he's here," Eagles tight end Chad Lewis said. "We brought him here to make plays. He's made them.
October 19, 2001 |
Tommy Brasher, the Eagles' irascible defensive line coach, was sent home yesterday from Pennsylvania Hospital after surgery on Wednesday to remove a cancerous salivary gland. Brasher, 60, is expected to make a full recovery, according to Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder. Burkholder briefed reporters after getting a report from Brasher and his physician, James Kearney. "When they did the surgery, they realized it was a fairly high-grade malignancy," Burkholder said. "They opted to remove the whole salivary gland.
October 6, 2001 |
For the third straight weekend, those repetitious Eagles find themselves locked in a familiar scenario: the Super Bowl contender taking on a dreary rival headed for a losing season. Indeed, the Eagles are 14-point favorites to whip up on the winless Cardinals tomorrow at 1 p.m. in an NFC East bird-bash at Veterans Stadium. But whatever the outcome of the game, it will offer one huge matchup every time Corey Simon, the Eagles' second-year defensive tackle, tries to outmaneuver Leonard Davis, the Cardinals' rookie guard.
August 16, 2001 |
Six days after the scare, Corey Simon's biggest concern was how much preseason game time he would have to sharpen his game for the regular season. Simon was back on the practice field yesterday, in uniform for the first time since the concussion and neck injury that brought the Eagles' camp to a screeching halt last week. While Simon held himself out of the heavy contact drills, his presence on the field was a statement in itself. "It was just an opportunity for me to get out there and run around a little bit," Simon said.