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.
October 11, 2014 |
Marcus Smith stays off Twitter and Instagram to avoid the criticism he may receive from fans, but he can't always evade his family. "I got uncles that are really passionate about football," the Eagles linebacker said. "They see me do something wrong in the game, they'll send me a text and try to correct it. Sometimes I don't text back. " Smith is already under enough pressure. Drafted in the first round by the Eagles, the rookie has played sparingly in his first five games and only because of injuries.
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 24, 2014 |
PUTTING EVAN Mathis on injured reserve, designated for return, was a good move for the Eagles and for Mathis, the Birds' left guard said yesterday - but he also noted that if he had stayed on the roster, there's a good chance he would be playing before Nov. 10, against Carolina. After Mathis suffered a left MCL sprain in the season opener, Sept. 7, the Eagles used their one flexible IR slot, the rules of which said Mathis couldn't practice for 6 weeks or play for 8. So he returned to practice yesterday, his knee braced, and said he felt good.
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 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.
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 12, 2014
DeMeco Ryans was listed as questionable for the Eagles' Sunday night game against the New York Giants. The starting inside linebacker was limited at practice for the second day in a row. Ryans said on Thursday that he was hopeful he could play, but that he wasn't going to put the Eagles in a precarious position if he wasn't healthy enough to compete. The Eagles are already short at inside linebacker. Mychal Kendricks was declared out for the fourth straight game with a calf injury.
October 13, 2014 |
When the St. Louis Rams put together three straight touchdown drives in the second half against the Eagles last Sunday before finally flaming out on a fourth drive that could have won the game, the rapid transformation of an offense that had snoozed to that point had everything to do with the sudden pliability of the defense on the other side of the ball. Already weak in the middle of the field because of the absence of inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and the earlier loss of reserve Najee Goode, the defense went from bad to worse when DeMeco Ryans suffered a groin injury.