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May 7, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles guard Evan Mathis recently underwent surgery to "clean out" his left ankle and could miss the rest of spring practices, an NFL source said. The source called the surgery "minor. " Mathis played most of last season with an ankle injury - he started every game - and was slated to undergo surgery once the offseason began. The Eagles decided the procedure was unnecessary, but recent swelling and discomfort in the ankle prompted the team to reconsider. He is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.
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July 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Mathis considered holding out of training camp, but the veteran guard reported and will be a participant when practice begins on Saturday. "I try to look at it from my point of view, try to look at it from their point of view," Mathis said. "I didn't want to have a negative impact on the team, didn't want to send the wrong message to players, coaches, fans. I look at what I'm doing as doing the right thing in this situation. " Mathis, a 32-year-old late bloomer who made his first Pro Bowl last season, is due a $5 million base salary in 2014 as part of the five-year, $25 million deal he signed after 2013.
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June 12, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS EARLY afternoon in Arizona. Evan Mathis was heading into a workout when his phone buzzed; Chip Kelly was calling. "We're going to release you so you can see if you can get what you want," is how Mathis recalls his message. This, the Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl left guard was not expecting, he said. He said he'd made flight arrangements to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, after sitting out optional OTAs. But clearly, Kelly didn't want to go through the awkwardness of reintegrating Mathis into a group that has been working out together for several weeks.
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June 18, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
HEARING CHIP KELLY, Evan Mathis and various Eagles weigh in yesterday on the release of the two-time Pro Bowl guard reinforced what we already knew or suspected: This break didn't really hinge on money, or whether Mathis planned to hold out of training camp. (He said yesterday that he would have reported and played. And he said Kelly never asked him what his plans were.) Mathis' release was about reinforcing the Kelly culture, about the coach's attempts this offseason to turn the page on any sort of discord or dissatisfaction as he rebuilds the roster, now that he has gained control of personnel.
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June 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I DON'T THINK releasing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis dooms the Eagles this season. I don't think any of the stuff Chip Kelly has done since taking over personnel control in January necessarily dooms the Eagles this season, or beyond. I still think there's a real good chance the guy is smarter than all of us. But I do think we'll look back someday on all this restructuring and we'll either cite it as the time when "the Kelly way" turned the franchise toward championship contention, or we will cite this offseason as the beginning of the end, when Kelly's inflexibility irreparably marred his genius and started him on the path back to college coaching.
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December 29, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Mathis did not make the NFC Pro Bowl roster, instead being voted a third alternate. The offensive guard has had a strong season for the Eagles, but he did not sound miffed about not making the game. "I'm going to keep trying to be the best player in the league whether or not anybody is watching," Mathis said. "If it comes by accolades, it's fine, but I'm not going to pout if it doesn't. " Mathis understands outsiders have a hard time assessing offensive line play. Much of it is based on reputation.
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June 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released Evan Mathis on Thursday, ending a months-long stalemate between the team and the Pro Bowl guard over his contract. "Thanks for the memories Philly," Mathis posted on Twitter. The Eagles had no comment. Mathis said Chip Kelly called him to deliver the news. Mathis has been the only Eagles player to miss all voluntary workouts this spring. He said he planned to attend the three-day mandatory minicamp next week, and even attempted to prove it by texting to a reporter a confirmed flight plan that had Mathis flying from Phoenix to Philadelphia on Sunday and returning next Friday.
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June 18, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
PRESIDENT Reagan was called the "Great Communicator" because of his ability to get his messages across. You might not have always agreed with Reagan, but you were rarely confused about where he was coming from. Reagan could make his harshest critics at least paint a picture to consider through his vocal tapestries. Of the presidents in my adult lifetime, President Clinton had that talent, as does President Obama. I think there was less of it from big President George Bush and little President George Bush.
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January 9, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
Eagles guard Evan Mathis, originally a second alternate, was named to the Pro Bowl yesterday when Philly's own Jahri Evans, of the Saints, turned down his invitation, citing injury. Mathis will play in the game for the second year in a row. He joins linebacker Connor Barwin, center Jason Kelce, returner Darren Sproles, running back LeSean McCoy and left tackle Jason Peters . . . NFL.com reported that Eagles assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght is leaving to become d-backs coach at Vanderbilt.
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November 30, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writerbowenl@phillynews.com
THIS IS the first opponent Nick Foles gets a second look at, but as Foles noted this week, it's also the first opponent that gets to see him the second time. The Cowboys gave up Foles' only touchdown pass so far, after he came in for concussed Michael Vick in the second quarter of the previous meeting, Nov. 11. Foles got decent protection Monday night and he passed for 119 yards. OK, that was partly because Bryce Brown ran for 178, but still. Looks like the Cowboys are getting DeMarco Murray back, in some fashion.
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June 18, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
PRESIDENT Reagan was called the "Great Communicator" because of his ability to get his messages across. You might not have always agreed with Reagan, but you were rarely confused about where he was coming from. Reagan could make his harshest critics at least paint a picture to consider through his vocal tapestries. Of the presidents in my adult lifetime, President Clinton had that talent, as does President Obama. I think there was less of it from big President George Bush and little President George Bush.
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June 18, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
HEARING CHIP KELLY, Evan Mathis and various Eagles weigh in yesterday on the release of the two-time Pro Bowl guard reinforced what we already knew or suspected: This break didn't really hinge on money, or whether Mathis planned to hold out of training camp. (He said yesterday that he would have reported and played. And he said Kelly never asked him what his plans were.) Mathis' release was about reinforcing the Kelly culture, about the coach's attempts this offseason to turn the page on any sort of discord or dissatisfaction as he rebuilds the roster, now that he has gained control of personnel.
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June 18, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
T.O. never would have made it to the driveway. Had Chip Kelly been the Eagles coach a decade ago, the egomaniacal receiver who arrived at training camp in 2005 determined to be a disruptive force would have been long gone before he had a chance to show off his six pack on the cement of his Moorestown McMansion. We have learned that much about Kelly, and the players who have stuck around for his third season have taken notice. "I'm definitely not surprised," center Jason Kelce said Tuesday when asked about Kelly's decision to release Evan Mathis before the two-time Pro Bowl left guard had a chance to join his teammates for this week's mandatory minicamp.
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June 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that he released Evan Mathis last week at the request of the Pro Bowl guard. However, Mathis said that he had not asked to be released since March and that he tried reaching out to Kelly later that month. Mathis, a 33-year-old with two years remaining on a five-year, $25.5 million deal he signed in 2012, missed the voluntary portion of the team's offseason program because of a contract dispute. Kelly did not even let him come to the mandatory portion, deciding to cut Mathis on Thursday.
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June 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I DON'T THINK releasing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis dooms the Eagles this season. I don't think any of the stuff Chip Kelly has done since taking over personnel control in January necessarily dooms the Eagles this season, or beyond. I still think there's a real good chance the guy is smarter than all of us. But I do think we'll look back someday on all this restructuring and we'll either cite it as the time when "the Kelly way" turned the franchise toward championship contention, or we will cite this offseason as the beginning of the end, when Kelly's inflexibility irreparably marred his genius and started him on the path back to college coaching.
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June 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released Evan Mathis on Thursday, ending a months-long stalemate between the team and the Pro Bowl guard over his contract. "Thanks for the memories Philly," Mathis posted on Twitter. The Eagles had no comment. Mathis said Chip Kelly called him to deliver the news. Mathis has been the only Eagles player to miss all voluntary workouts this spring. He said he planned to attend the three-day mandatory minicamp next week, and even attempted to prove it by texting to a reporter a confirmed flight plan that had Mathis flying from Phoenix to Philadelphia on Sunday and returning next Friday.
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June 13, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There is no mystery about why the Eagles - let's get specific here, we're talking about Chip Kelly - cut Evan Mathis on Thursday. Mathis wanted a new contract. He thought he deserved one, and he made that desire public. Kelly doesn't want any players on his team thinking about anything but football, which means he doesn't want them thinking about how much money they're making and he certainly doesn't want them talking publicly about it, which means Mathis was bound to be gone sooner or later.
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June 12, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
IS EVAN MATHIS black? Chip Kelly's latest thunderclap move seems to further erode the unsophisticated claim of LeSean McCoy that Chippah prefers white players and coaches. Players don't come much whiter than two-time Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis, self-described Mathlete, Wielder of Mjolnor and sit-down comedian . . . and, now, unemployed former Eagle. No, this was more about the continued dissolution of individuality at the NovaCare Complex, where only one culture matters - not black culture or white culture, but Kelly culture.
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June 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The questions on the Eagles' offensive line were not supposed to include the starters on the left side, where tackle Jason Peters and guard Evan Mathis are both Pro Bowl players. But Mathis has not reported for the Eagles' offseason program and Peters is proceeding as if Allen Barbre - not Mathis - will play next to him this season. "It's Al right now and that's who we're rolling with," Peters said. "Right now, if we had to play, Al would be the starter. " Mathis, who is unhappy with his contract, would be subject to a fine if he misses the mandatory minicamp next week.
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June 12, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS EARLY afternoon in Arizona. Evan Mathis was heading into a workout when his phone buzzed; Chip Kelly was calling. "We're going to release you so you can see if you can get what you want," is how Mathis recalls his message. This, the Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl left guard was not expecting, he said. He said he'd made flight arrangements to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, after sitting out optional OTAs. But clearly, Kelly didn't want to go through the awkwardness of reintegrating Mathis into a group that has been working out together for several weeks.
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