October 11, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, and the Eagles' top inside linebacker hopes to play Sunday against the New York Giants. Ryans has a groin injury and missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday. "If I feel like I can help them, whatever percentage I am, I'll be out there," Ryans said. Ryans said he felt "good" at practice and was "able to move around a little bit. " He has not missed a game since arriving in Philadelphia in 2012. Other than a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended his 2010 campaign after six games, Ryans said he has never even been questionable for a game.
October 25, 2014 |
Mychal Kendricks was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day, and his status for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question. The Eagles linebacker has missed the last four games with a calf injury. At one point during practice Thursday, Kendricks remained on the side with a trainer while Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho alternated with DeMeco Ryans. Although Kendricks took some snaps with Ryans, there have not been any indications that he will play.
November 6, 2014 |
IT'S HARD TO DO a meaningful midseason report card on a team that just lost its starting quarterback and its defensive leader. The main purpose of these evaluations isn't so much to recap what happened, but to assess where the team is going, to take its temperature at the midpoint. We were getting ready to do that, going into Game 8, and then the Eagles bit through the thermometer. Nevertheless, here are some ideas on where the NFC East leaders stand halfway through 2014: Stuff that is way better than we'd dared to hope when the season began: * Special teams.
August 27, 2015 |
DeMeco Ryans has not played in the preseason, and defensive coordinator Bill Davis was noncommittal about the linebacker's availability for the Sept. 14 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Ryans is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. "Those are tough injuries to get 100 percent, but boy, is he ahead of schedule," Davis said. "I think it's going to be close. I think hopefully we can get him out there a little bit this week [against the Packers] for his sake and ours to see just kind of where he is. "But this week looks a lot better than last week and last week looked a lot better than the week before.
April 29, 2015 |
What they have: If NovaCare sports science is all it's cracked up to be, the Eagles have no needs here, with Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Najee Goode all returning. But every one of those guys suffered a serious injury last season, and somehow, Kendricks' name keeps popping up in trade rumors. Kendricks hardly helped put that speculation to rest by skipping the first optional OTAs. He ended last season as a rising star, probably the Birds' second-best defensive player, behind Fletcher Cox, but at 5-11, 240, Kendricks is yet another Andy Reid-era draftee who probably would not have fit the Chip Kelly regime size criteria, so . . . What they need: Depends on who all stays healthy and whether Kendricks actually gets traded.
September 19, 2015 |
Kiko Alonso joked with tight end Zach Ertz that he has some of the best hands on the Eagles. Ertz didn't believe Alonso. The Eagles have wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs who can catch the ball. A linebacker does not usually surpass them. Then Alonso made a one-handed interception while falling backward to prevent a touchdown in the Eagles' loss on Monday, and Ertz needed to reconsider. "He goes out and makes a play like that," Ertz said, "and it's hard to ignore.
March 23, 2012
An entry by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagles blog, Eagletarian, at www.eagletarian.com FORMER EAGLES and Houston Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu has a sports radio talk show in Houston now, on KILT. Like many Houstonians, Kalu was surprised by the departure of middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles; unlike most Houstonians, Kalu still pulls passionately for the Birds, so he isn't too grief-stricken. We thought it might be fun to catch up with N.D. and get his impressions not only of Ryans, his friend and former Texans teammate, but of the differences Ryans will encounter between being a Texans focal point and assuming that role here.
November 4, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Texans fans were wearing red T-shirts that the team handed out on the way into NRG Stadium, Eagles fans were wearing green, but fans and the players on both teams all agreed on one thing yesterday. Watching Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans leave on a cart, after suffering what a source said was a season-ending tear of his right Achilles' tendon, was heartrending. "Our thoughts and prayers are with DeMeco right now," said Texans center Chris Myers, who played with Ryans for four of Ryans' six seasons in Houston.
November 15, 2013 |
DEMECO RYANS believes he's playing as well as he ever played in Houston, when he made the Pro Bowl twice. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said this week that Ryans is having an "outstanding, Pro Bowl year. " "This is the level I was playing at. It's fun to be back at that level, being able to make plays," Ryans, the Birds' middle linebacker, said yesterday. There is one guy in the Eagles' locker room who ought to be able to verify those claims. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin was a rookie with the Texans in 2009, the last time Ryans made the Pro Bowl, before he suffered a 2010 Achilles' tendon tear that cast a shadow over his career.