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November 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles prepared for DeMeco Ryans' return to Houston last week, defensive coordinator Bill Davis extolled the value of his captain by explaining how vital Ryans was to the scheme. Beyond his production and leadership, Ryans' responsibilities allowed Davis' defense to run. "Without DeMeco," Davis said then, "I don't know if we can do as much. " Ryans is now out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and Davis goes forward without him. The responsibility to fill the void falls on Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho.
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November 8, 2014
Todd Herremans is the longest-tenured Eagles player and he wants it to remain that way. Unfortunately for the veteran guard, there is nothing else he can do this season to improve his odds of returning for an 11th season. Herremans was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday and will undergo surgery to correct a torn biceps in his left arm on Friday. He gave playing through the injury a valiant try. Herremans blocked for a little more than two quarters on Sunday against the Texans.
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November 7, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BILL DAVIS thinks he can figure out how to get signals called, runners tackled and short passes into the middle covered without DeMeco Ryans. But Davis knows there's something he can't fix with subs and schemes. "You don't replace leadership. You just don't. Leadership is something that is earned over time. DeMeco has got a lot of pelts on the wall, and he's earned it," the Eagles' defensive coordinator said yesterday, as the team began preparations for Monday night's game with Carolina.
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November 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will split the inside-linebacker responsibilities that were held by DeMeco Ryans, according to defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Ryans is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Eagles will use Matthews and Acho similar to the way they did when Mychal Kendricks was absent for four games. "The neat part of our inside 'backers, really within the scheme, is they're kind of interchangeable," Davis said. "We'll have Acho and Casey handling first- and second-down duties at the DeMeco spot instead of the Mychal spot.
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November 6, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
After they drafted Mychal Kendricks in 2012, the Eagles gave him the locker stall next to DeMeco Ryans'. This was not a coincidence. Ryans, acquired in a trade with the Texans, had been an Eagle for only a little more than a month, but coach Andy Reid knew what he had in the linebacker and he wanted Kendricks to soak up as much of Ryans' wisdom as possible. There were the nuances of playing linebacker in the NFL to learn, but the Eagles envisioned Ryans mentoring their second-round draft pick in the finer points of calling a defense and leading by example.
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November 4, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles placed inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans on injured reserve Monday, ending the season of the defensive captain after Ryans ruptured his right Achilles tendon Sunday in a 31-21 win over Houston. The Eagles signed safety Chris Prosinski to fill Ryans' roster spot. Ryans, 30, is one of the team's most valuable players. He made the defensive calls and was a consistent contributor in the middle of the defense. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho will replace Ryans. Matthews took Ryans' duties in the fourth quarter Sunday.
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November 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
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.
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November 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOUSTON - Some injuries hurt more than others. The loss of DeMeco Ryans for the season will sting for so many reasons, but most of all because of the impact it will have on the Eagles, who rely so much on his guidance. "He's the true leader," coach Chip Kelly said after the Eagles' 31-21 win over the Texans. "We talk about it all the time. He's Mufasa. He's our guy. When a warrior goes down, you pick up his shield and go play in honor of him, and I think that's what our guys did. " If Ryans is the Lion King 's Mufasa, then that must mean Casey Matthews is Simba.
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November 4, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
HOUSTON - The worst part of the National Football League is the injury part, and the worst part of the worst part is when they bring out the cart to get an injured player off the field. You never get used to that, no matter how long you watch the sport. Even when the moment is so obviously bathed in respect as it was when they came and got DeMeco Ryans yesterday, with players from both sidelines offering support as he was lifted onto the cart - old teammates from Houston, current teammates from Philadelphia, so many of them gathered - it is just wrenching if you allow yourself to dwell on it for too long.
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