August 8, 2016 |
In 2012, Ryan Mathews prepared for his third NFL season by trying to determine how to stay healthy. He was a former first-round pick who topped 1,000 rushing yards and earned a Pro Bowl appearance in 2011, but the blemish to begin Mathews' career was his injury history. So he tried fixing it for his third NFL season. The result? Mathews suffered two broken collarbones that season and played only 12 games. "Sometimes it's luck of the draw," Mathews said. "I think I've done a good job this year of maintaining myself, and stuff happens.
August 6, 2016 |
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The most important thing to remember as you read this story is that Bryan Scott did not retire from the National Football League because of concussions. He did not. It is the most compelling aspect of the entire tale - an indication of the hold that football had on him, and has on us. There is something about it, someone in his family said, that no one can touch. It stays with us, and it stayed with him, and the fear now for Scott and those close to him is that, for all the blessings it gave him and allowed him to give, it remained a part of his life for too long.
August 3, 2016 |
FEW THINGS ever go exactly as planned, but for Eagles tight end M.J. McFarland, the second half of last year was a nightmare. He transferred from Texas to the University of Texas-El Paso after a junior year in which he caught a measly 11 passes for 53 yards. He was in search of a big senior year, which he hoped would land him a spot on an NFL roster. But in mid-July of last year, McFarland was told by UTEP coach Sean Kugler that he had failed a drug test. McFarland was stunned.
July 29, 2016 |
Outside the NovaCare Complex, a police officer was stopping traffic at a cement barricade reinforced with a garbage truck. Around the corner, a delivery van with a haphazard paint job and rooftop speakers proudly announced to passersby that it was the BernieVan. Up Broad Street, a city full of protestors was gathering for another collective expression of their displeasure. Inside the NovaCare Complex, a sixth round draft pick was test-driving a new, helmet-mounted video camera that the Eagles hope will help their defensive backs evaluate and improve their head and eye movements while in pass coverage.
July 29, 2016 |
On Thursday afternoon, after the Eagles completed their first full-squad workout of training camp, a reporter wondered aloud to Sam Bradford whether Doug Pederson's offense might provide for a bit more flexibility in pass protection, perhaps in the form of a running back or tight end staying home to assist against a blitz or a particularly dangerous defensive end. At times, the reporter suggested, it appeared Chip Kelly's disregard for such considerations enabled...
July 26, 2016 |
Kinrick, who prefers to be called Darius, is a curious 7-year-old who asks many questions to determine what is going on and how things work. Very independent, he likes to complete tasks on his own. Darius enjoys playing and watching sports, and if he could take a trip anywhere, it would be to an NFL game. In school, Darius is an excellent student and is very proud of his report cards, which are usually all A's. Reading is his favorite subject. The athletic youngster's idea of a perfect day would include being outdoors, riding his bike, and playing football.
July 11, 2016 |
This week, on the ground floor of Philadelphia's original Ritz-Carlton, where patricians once frequented that hotel's lavish Empire Dining Room and Ritz Bar, customers lined up at Wawa's deli counter. The transformation of the posh Broad and Walnut hotel, from high-society hangout to Hoagiefest's home, suggests just how much Center City and its dining options have changed. Wawa's occupancy of what was a grand hotel lobby also has helped to further obscure the significant sports history that took place in that building, 20 or so floors above the provolone and pickles.
July 9, 2016 |
Bob Brady says the 2017 NFL draft will be held in Philadelphia. The city says: Not so fast. The U.S. representative said in an interview Thursday that the draft, held in Chicago the last two years, would take place in Philadelphia in April. Although the city did not confirm that a deal had been made, Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, said that Mayor Kenney called him Thursday to tell him that the city had agreed to host the draft and to commit $5 million to pull off the three-day event.
May 26, 2016 |
Malcolm Jenkins and Zach Ertz suffered concussions last season - the first, they said, of their NFL careers. In the Eagles' 10th game, Ertz, a tight end, caught a pass and tried to hurdle a defender for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He landed on his left shoulder, and his head snapped back as if he were the mannequin behind the wheel in an old driver's-ed video. He sat out the Eagles' next game, four days later on Thanksgiving in Detroit. In the Eagles' eighth game, Jenkins, one of the Eagles' starting safeties, lowered his head into the chest of Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden as he tried to tackle him. He rose to his feet and felt his mind fog over but didn't tell anyone.
May 15, 2016 |
The only NFL player to openly advocate for medical marijuana has donated $80,000 to fund cannabis research on football players at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. Eugene Monroe, an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, previously urged the NFL to remove marijuana from its banned-substances list so players can use it to treat chronic pain. "As a player, I'm not allowed to use cannabis, but I've been prescribed opioids for various injuries," Monroe said Thursday evening.