October 5, 2012 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers won't just be getting a couple of key players back from injury Sunday. They'll be getting their defensive mystique back. People are intimidated by safety Troy Polamalu, despite that cuddly persona he has created for endorsements. People are downright afraid of linebacker James Harrison, who spends too much time in commissioner Roger Goodell's office to do any endorsements. The Steelers have other good defensive players, but Polamalu's ferocity and Harrison's borderline personality disorder are at the heart of the team's success.
August 5, 2015 |
WHEN JORDAN HICKS was drafted by the Eagles this spring, he knew he'd be greeted by a familiar face. As the top outside linebacker and No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2010 was deciding where to play in college, then-Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho received a message from his coaches about Hicks: Make sure we get this guy. The two never imagined they'd end up on the same NFL roster. "I'm texting this high school kid, being like, 'Hey, come to Texas, it'll be good,' " remembers Acho, now an Eagles linebacker who's played in 20 games for the Birds the past two seasons.
October 21, 2005 |
Paul Posluszny, a Penn State junior linebacker, has been named a semifinalist for the 21st Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. Posluszny, a 6-foot-2, 234-pounder, made a career-high 22 stops in the Lions' 34-29 win at Northwestern on Sept. 24. The other semifinalists are: Chad Greenway, Iowa; Aaron Harris, Texas; Spencer Havner, UCLA; A.J. Hawk, Ohio State; D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland; Tim McGarigle, Northwestern; A.J. Nicholson, Florida State; DeMeco Ryans, Alabama; and Ernie Sims, Florida State.
November 12, 2012
2 Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Tony Romo failed to connect on just two pass attempts. On 10 tries, the combo completed eight passes for 47 yards. 6 The Eagles got six first downs thanks to Cowboys penalties. 29 Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant averaged 29 yards per catch on three catches for 87 yards. 3:56 The Cowboys had the ball for just 3 minutes, 56 seconds in the fourth quarter. Still, the Eagles managed just six points.
October 13, 2014 |
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Giants while fellow inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back/kick returner Chris Polk were ruled out. Ryans, who suffered a groin injury in last Sunday's Eagles win, was a limited participant in practice yesterday and Thursday. Neither Kendricks (calf), who hasn't played since Week 2, nor Polk (hamstring) participated in practice all week. The only others officially ruled out were center Jason Kelce (hernia)
October 23, 2014 |
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said Chip Kelly visited him in the hospital after Cruz hurt his knee in the Oct. 12 loss to the Eagles. Kelly said Tuesday he checked on Cruz the next morning and wanted to see whether Cruz needed anything before being transferred to New York. "I just think the way he got injured and you look at what happened, we're all competitors in this game," Kelly said. Ryans on Winston Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans offered guidance to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston last week.
October 26, 2014
Mychal Kendricks was listed as questionable on the Eagles' Friday injury report for Sunday's game at the Arizona Cardinals. Kendricks has a calf injury and has already missed four games. He was limited at practice this week and several of his teammates said on Thursday that they didn't expect the starting inside linebacker to be ready by Sunday. Kendricks declined to be interviewed by reporters this week. Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith have been splitting Kendrick's snaps in his absence and will likely rotate against the Cardinals opposite DeMeco Ryans.
May 31, 2015 |
Kiko Alonso thought he was in proper shape. The Eagles' new inside linebacker also thought he remembered what a Chip Kelly practice was like from his time at Oregon. But two years away from Kelly with the Buffalo Bills was long enough that Alonso still needed to adjust to the Eagles' practices this week during organized team activities. "I knew what to expect, but I definitely thought I'd be more in shape, but I was wrong," Alonso said. "I remember when I was in Buffalo, I was like I can't imagine going against the Eagles and that pace.
October 14, 2014 |
After a week of questions about whether inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans would play Sunday night against the New York Giants, Ryans started and fortified the middle of the Eagles defense. Ryans was questionable after leaving last week's win over the St. Louis Rams with a groin injury. The linebacker was limited in practice throughout the week. But Ryans has not missed a game since he arrived in Philadelphia in 2012. Coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday, "If there is one guy that I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco.