November 2, 2014 |
Chip Kelly has heard all about a perceived Oregon bias when assembling the Eagles roster the last two seasons. Last week, he laughed at a new one: the Houston Texans pipeline to Philadelphia. "We just love Texans and Oregon guys," Kelly joked. "So run with it. " Seven former Texans are on the Eagles roster for the game Sunday in Houston: inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end James Casey, punter Donnie Jones, offensive lineman Andrew Gardner, wide receiver Jeff Maehl, and linebacker Bryan Braman.
June 15, 2013
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez reached 5,000 career victories on Friday at Belmont Park in New York. Velazquez, 41, was a perfect 3 for 3 on the day, hitting the milestone with Galloping Giraffe , his final mount. He is the 28th rider to reach the plateau, with only victories in the U.S. and Canada counting in the total. Velazquez also guided San Pablo to victory in the $90,000 Criminal Type Stakes, the 10th win in 18 starts for the 5-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher . NFL: Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams back-tracked on attributing "kill" as a word former North Penn head coach Mike Pettine , now the Bills defensive coordinator, used in describing his philosophy.
November 17, 2012
The Chicago Bears say quarterback Jay Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco because of a concussion. Jason Campbell is expected to start against the 49ers in his place. Cutler's status was in question after he sat out the second half of Sunday's loss to Houston. The Bears believe he was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Texans' Tim Dobbins, who was fined $30,000 by the league, late in the second quarter. Bills end skid It took 11 weeks for Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills' oft-maligned defense to finally flex its muscle and show it's capable of playing up to its high-priced potential.
November 5, 2012
Texans 21, Bills 9 HOUSTON - Matt Schaub threw two TD passes, Arian Foster ran for 111 yards against Buffalo's NFL-worst rushing defense, and Houston (7-1) beat former top pick Mario Williams and the Bills (3-5). Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 118 yards, and Foster scored for the fifth straight game for Houston. Williams had a sack and five tackles in his return to Reliant Stadium after he signed with the Bills in the offseason. The Texans made Williams the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft, and he's still Houston's career sacks leader (53)
October 30, 2012 |
A PERSON with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Monday that linebacker Joe Mays is likely out for the season after suffering a serious injury to his lower left leg in the Denver Broncos' 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had yet to address the injury. The Denver Post first reported the extent of Mays' injury, saying he suffered a fractured fibula just above his left ankle. Mays was injured while blocking for punt returner Trindon Holliday in the fourth quarter Sunday night when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, and he had to be helped off the field.
September 7, 2012 |
AFC EAST New England Patriots 2011 record: 13-3 Biggest addition: WR Brandon Lloyd Biggest loss: T Matt Light What's the story: As good as Tom Brady and the Patriots offense are - and they should be even better with Brandon Lloyd - their season hinges on how quickly Bill Belichick can get the defense back on track. After finishing 31st overall on D in 2011, the Pats used first-round picks on Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower. Chandler looked like a Rookie of the Year candidate in preseason.
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.
March 16, 2012 |
NEW ENGLAND quarterback Tom Brady might want to watch his back. The Jets' Mark Sanchez, too. After spending the past six seasons harassing quarterbacks for the Houston Texans, defensive end Mario Williams - one of the NFL's top pass-rushers - has found new motivation in a whopping contract and a new home in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills. "I'm ecstatic, very excited. I can't wait for the opportunity," Williams said yesterday after signing a 6-year deal potentially worth $100 million.
November 15, 2011 |
The Chicago Bears (6-3) have won four straight and have five straight very winnable games coming up before facing Green Bay. They're rolling back to the playoffs while their opponents of a week ago, your Eagles, are done. The Bears have done it with defense and linebacker Brian Urlacher has an interesting lesson for the Eagles. "One of the reasons we've turned it around is our coaches wouldn't put up with mistakes," Urlacher told SI.com. "They held us accountable and we cleaned them up. " Fascinating stats Since Oct. 23 the much-maligned Tim Tebow has produced three victories for the Denver Broncos.
October 17, 2011 |
HOW HARD IS IT to pick a 15-team parlay on NFL games against the spread? Well, the actual odds against hitting it are 32,000-1. The odds used for the Delaware parlay bet are 20,000-1. In actuality, it took nearly 74,000 losing bets before somebody hit it. One player, who made his bet at Delaware Park before the Week 5 games, bet $5 on the 15-team parlay proposition. He got all 13 games correct last week. He had the Eagles and Ravens yesterday. Both won and covered. That $5 bet will become $100,000 when the bettor cashes his ticket.