July 27, 2003 |
Not everything Derrick Burgess wore to the Eagles' first training-camp workout was issued by the team. The perpetual smile was a voluntary accessory. After missing all but the opening game last season and enduring two surgeries to repair a fractured bone in his right foot, Burgess easily qualified as the happiest camper at Lehigh University yesterday. "Can't you tell?" the defensive end said. "I've been smiling since I got here. I'm happy to be out here and trying to get some of the rust off. It has been so long since I played football.
June 7, 2001 |
Eagles fifth-round pick A.J. Feeley had a busy day yesterday. In the morning, the quarterback from Oregon signed a three-year contract worth just under $1 million, including a $100,000 signing bonus. Within hours, Feeley was at Pennsylvania Hospital for an emergency appendectomy. The 24-year-old Feeley is expected to be fine in time for training camp, which opens July 26, the Eagles said. Dr. Matt Kirkland performed the appendectomy. This is the second time in three years an Eagles QB underwent an appendectomy in the off-season.
July 28, 2001 |
He made it this time. "I got over the hump," John Frank said after his first NFL training camp practices. "I felt good out there. " The Eagles drafted Frank, a defensive end from Utah, last year. He signed a contract. He went to minicamps. He reported to Lehigh University on time. The next morning, he was gone without a word to anyone. "I'm not going to say it was right or wrong at the time," Frank said yesterday. "There were a lot of personal things involved. There was sickness in my family, things like that.
January 28, 2012 |
Paulsboro was short on seniors and short on experience. But the Red Raiders had a couple of precocious freshmen and plenty of determination. They also had Xavier Lundy. Lundy, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, scored 24 points and was 6 for 6 from the foul line in the final 32 seconds as Paulsboro beat Westampton Tech, 70-67, Saturday in a clash of Top 10 teams at the Jeff Coney Memorial Tournament at Rancocas Valley. "We just couldn't handle him," Westampton Tech coach Mike Williams said of Lundy.
December 7, 2005
THE DOWNFALL of the Eagles is a classic case of karma, and you reap what you sow. The Lurie/Banner/Reid regime's arrogance and penchant for low-balling contracts, not rewarding players over 30 who produce and letting players walk rather than pay them (Shawn Barber, Corey Simon, Ike Reese, Derrick Burgess) has finally come back to bite them. In addition, some of the players were beginning to believe their own press clippings and felt that all they had to do was walk on the field and teams would lie down for them.
August 27, 2009 |
Ravens: Led the league in forced turnovers and should be the first unit considered on draft day. Steelers: Still a decent option, even if Super Bowl winners rarely repeat. Lawrence Timmons will take Larry Foote's spot at inside linebacker and William Gay replaces Bryant McFadden at safety. Otherwise, everybody's back. Giants: An already good unit should be better with the return of defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who missed all of last year with a left knee injury. Vikings: Anything they get out of rookie returner Percy Harvin is bonus for a unit already near the top of the list.
December 10, 2009 |
Houston running back Steve Slaton, the Conwell-Egan graduate who starred at West Virginia, is out for the season because of a nerve problem in his neck. Slaton, who ran for 1,282 yards last season, learned that the injury was more serious than initially believed after he saw a specialist Tuesday. He ran for 437 yards this season. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said yesterday that the specialist believes the problem will heal on its own in four to six weeks, but surgery could be an option.
July 31, 2003 |
Running back Correll Buckhalter ran over a rookie safety in the open field. Defensive end Derrick Burgess still has a lightning-quick first step even after two foot surgeries. Rookie tight end L.J. Smith showed his incredible powers of concentration by performing a pair of juggling routines before reeling in the two most impressive catches of the day. The fight for the job of third receiver between Freddie Mitchell and Billy McMullen continued even as both made outstanding plays mixed in with dropped passes.
December 10, 2004 |
David Akers is among the most reliable kickers in the NFL. But that does not mean he does not doubt himself. When was the last time he had his doubts? Against the New York Giants, he said, referring to a game two weeks ago in which he kicked 47- and 42-yard field goals. "It happens quite a bit," he said. History shows that Akers has little to worry about. According to the Eagles' research, Akers has tied an NFL record by kicking 16 field goals of 40 or more yards this season.