April 24, 2014 |
FORMER JAGUARS linebacker Russell Allen said he suffered a stroke during a game last season and will never play football again. What he can do, he said, is alert other players to take head injuries more seriously. Allen, 27, told Robert Klemko of MMQB that he thought he'd had his bell rung when he collided with Bills center Eric Wood in the third quarter of a Dec. 15 game. He finished the game even though he had double vision. "You're thinking, I can't come out, because what if someone else comes in and takes my job?"
April 24, 2014
THE NFL ANNOUNCED it will release its 2014 schedule at 8 p.m. today. The sites and times of all 256 games will be revealed. The season will open on Thursday, Sept. 4, featuring the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. The Eagles will play Dallas, Washington and the Giants home and away. At home, the Eagles also will play Seattle, St. Louis, Carolina, Tennessee and Jacksonville. On the road, the Eagles will play San Francisco, Indianapolis, Arizona, Green Bay and Houston.
April 23, 2014 |
THE EAGLES began their offseason conditioning program yesterday with no notable absences, according to a couple of players who attended. The only thing close to drama was supplied by left guard Evan Mathis. Last month at the NFL Meetings it came out that Mathis and agent Drew Rosenhaus had been given permission to seek a trade, after asking the team for more money, but the Eagles wanted a third- or fourth-round draft choice for Mathis, who, at 32, is the oldest starting guard in the NFL. That was never going to happen, and it's extremely likely that Mathis will play this season for the Eagles under the terms of the 5-year, $25.5 million contract he signed 2 years ago. But, of course, that doesn't mean Mathis has to be happy about it. When reporters asked Mathis via Twitter Sunday night whether he planned to appear yesterday for the optional workouts, Mathis sent them "location pins" - one reporter got Turks and Caicos Islands, another got Tijuana.
April 17, 2014 |
THE NEXT TIME they tape an NFL rookie to the goal post in the scorching sun of summer training camp, will they have to use hypoallergenic tape? Offer him Gatorade every 15 minutes? Cut him loose after 59 minutes or face severe penalties? Hazing is a hideous, Neanderthal charade perpetuated by creaking veteran players in an effort to hang onto their jobs for a little while longer by intimidating rookies. Build team chemistry? It has a better chance of destroying it. "We saw what happened a few years ago in Dallas," Ike Reese said.
March 29, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault Thursday for an incident at Revel Casino Hotel in which he allegedly knocked his fiancee unconscious. The charge, which carries a potential penalty of three to five years in prison, was announced by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office after a grand jury indictment Thursday afternoon in Mays Landing. Rice, 27, and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, 26, were both initially charged by Atlantic City police with simple assault, a disorderly-persons offense, and released on summonses after the incident shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 15. The summons noted that Palmer had been rendered unconscious.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - While much has been said and written about changing the locker-room culture in the NFL in the wake of last season's Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess, the league is even more determined to change the culture on the field. The league's owners, coaches and general managers spent a good portion of the last 3 days of their annual meeting discussing the lack of respect and sportsmanship by the players. The number of taunting penalties nearly quadrupled this season, jumping from nine in 2012 to 34 in 2013.
March 27, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The NFL owners continued to tinker with replay yesterday, approving a proposal that will allow the on-field referee to consult with members of the league's officiating department during replay reviews. Before they adjourn their meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lake Resort today, the owners will vote on three other replay-related rule proposals, including one by the New England Patriots that would expand the list of reviewable plays to, well, pretty much everything.
March 25, 2014 |
ORLANDO - When the NFL last convened at the Ritz-Carlton here for its annual league meetings, the Eagles arrived ready to shop Donovan McNabb. Four years later, the team's top decision-makers arrived at the posh resort apparently ready to rid themselves of Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson's future will be one of the biggest stories at this week's meetings, which begin Monday and provide a rare occasion for owners, general managers, and coaches to gather in the same place.
March 21, 2014 |
Former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent was named the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, a major promotion for the 43-year-old Pennsbury High School alumnus. In his new role, Vincent will oversee all of the league's football operations. Those include officiating, on-field discipline, and player personnel, among other areas. He will also be a nonvoting member of the league's competition committee. "We will emphasize clarity, consistency, and credibility to ensure the highest standards and best practices for our teams and fans," Vincent said in a statement.
March 21, 2014 |
THE NFL HAS spent the last several years trying to make its game safer. For its next trick, it will attempt to make it more civil. "We have an element of respect that we have to bring back to the game," Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a longtime member of the league's competition committee, said last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "It starts in the locker room and continues over onto the practice field and carries over onto the field on Sundays. "We have to take a hard look at taunting.