July 29, 2004 |
One day before the Eagles agreed to give first-round draft pick Shawn Andrews millions of dollars, a doctor told the offensive lineman that his debilitating nasal condition could be returning. "I went to the doctor on Monday, and he took another look up inside my nasal passages and said that the polyps were kind of coming back a little bit," Andrews said yesterday after the Eagles opened training camp with a practice at Lehigh University. Shortly after the Eagles took Andrews with the 16th overall pick in this year's draft, the Arkansas lineman underwent surgery to remove polyps from his nasal passages.
September 3, 2004 |
Stop at almost any locker at the Eagles' NovaCare Complex these days and you'll find a player thrilled to have Hugh Douglas back on the team. There were a couple of exceptions. Jamaal Green, for instance, probably went from being the No. 4 to the No. 5 defensive end, which means it may be a while until he finds himself on the field after tonight's preseason finale against the New York Jets. Green, a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, has nothing against Douglas, but he badly wants to play this season after missing all of last season with a fractured ankle suffered in the preseason.
September 22, 2004 |
The view from Minnesota "[Donovan] McNabb had a fine evening that included his scoring run and a couple of touchdown passes, but it was a night pocked with misery for [Daunte] Culpepper. A week ago, he threw five TDs and was named NFC offensive player of the week. He will not be repeating as the winner of that particular award. " - Bob Sansevere St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings entered their highest-profile game in three years Monday night with plans to elevate into the highest stratosphere of NFL elite.
September 25, 2004 |
After missing practice earlier this week, Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle and defensive tackle Darwin Walker returned to the field yesterday. Although both are still listed as questionable for tomorrow's game in Detroit against the Lions, they are expected to play, coach Andy Reid said. Reid also said defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis is healthy enough to play. Grasmanis, who had been sidelined with an Achilles injury, is listed as probable. The availability of McDougle and Walker is key for the Eagles.
November 18, 2004 |
The topic of concern last week was the Eagles' run defense. That hasn't altogether changed, but thanks to the team's defensive shuffle at linebacker Monday night, it looked quite capable of stopping the run during a 49-21 win over the Cowboys in Dallas. Whether the run defense holds up against Washington's Clinton Portis, who is sixth in the NFL with 221 carries for 891 yards, will be determined on Sunday. The linebacker limbo, which had success with Jeremiah Trotter jumping into the middle and the move of Mark Simoneau to the weak side, may not be over, however.
November 27, 2004 |
Mark Simoneau will return to the starting lineup tomorrow as the Eagles' weakside linebacker after sitting out last week because of a concussion he suffered in the team's win over the Dallas Cowboys the week before. "I'm officially back," Simoneau said after a practice earlier this week. In his absence, Ike Reese filled in so well that it could easily be argued the Eagles' special-teams captain had the best performance this season by any of the team's weakside linebackers.
December 17, 2004 |
If you want to understand Chad Lewis' season, think of the moon, the seasons, your washing machine. It has to do with cycles, says his offensive coordinator. Lewis has gone three games at tight end without a catch, his longest span since 1999. He had a catch in 24 straight games before the Giants game on Nov. 28. In Lewis' latest three-game stretch, fellow Eagles tight end L.J. Smith has 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns, one of his most productive stretches this season.
August 15, 2004 |
Help wanted: Healthy NFL-type bodies needed for the defensive line this week during practices at the NovaCare Complex, and possibly to close out Friday's exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. Contact the Eagles. Fast. No, the Eagles didn't pay for that advertisement in the newspaper, and they're not taking calls from strangers. Coach Andy Reid acknowledged, however, that he and personnel director Tom Heckert would consider bringing in additional players because the team is so decimated along the defensive line.
August 11, 2006 |
In a game that for the longest time was begging for any semblance of a highlight, two Eagles defensive linemen provided some. And both had waited quite a long time to make big plays. The Eagles led by only 3-0 at halftime last night before the subs catapulted them to a 20-7 exhibition win over the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field. Near the end of a less-than-enthralling first half, Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle sacked Cleveland quarterback Ken Dorsey for a 10-yard loss.
August 12, 2006 |
Darren Howard was nervous. Not about playing in his first game in an Eagles jersey at Lincoln Financial Field or about trying to hunt down quarterbacks with Jevon Kearse. The defensive end was nervous about snapping the football. The act may seem like a relatively simple one - the position in backyard games where the least athletic player is assigned - but Howard can attest to its complications. "I felt like I was a rookie again," Howard said. "It was my first time doing that in a live situation in the NFL. I had butterflies.