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August 25, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released 14 players on Saturday, including three who were on the 53-man roster at times last season and one 2013 draft pick. Linebacker Jake Knott, wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, and tight end Emil Igwenagu were all let go despite spending time with the team last year. Defensive lineman Joe Kruger, a 2013 seventh-round pick who spent last season on the practice squad, did not make the team. Former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva also was cut after trying to make the Eagles as a defensive lineman.
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August 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The addition of Kenjon Barner only complicates the Eagles' running back situation, which will require difficult choices when the roster is cut to 53 on Aug. 30. Barner, a former Oregon standout acquired from the Panthers on Wednesday, is one of six running backs on the roster. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are the only locks. Chris Polk was well positioned at the start of camp, but a torn hamstring has kept him out of the preseason and most of camp. Polk expects to return to practice this weekend, and he'll find a crowded backfield.
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August 18, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Paul and Joe Kruger are 6 years apart in age and a thousand miles apart in NFL achievement. Older brother Paul is entering his sixth season in the league and is a starting outside linebacker for the Browns. He has 20 career sacks, nine with the Ravens 2 years ago. Joe is a second-year defensive end with the Eagles who spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He's just trying to earn a spot on the Eagles' 53-man roster. The Eagles kept seven defensive linemen on their season-opening roster last year and probably will again this summer considering that d-line coach Jerry Azzinaro likes to rotate six players on the front line of the Eagles' 3-4 alignment.
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August 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
PLAYERS WHO can be pretty sure they're going to make the Eagles' 53-man roster for the start of the regular season: LeSean McCoy. Nick Foles. Jason Peters. Trent Cole. David Molk. Yes, David Molk. The guy wearing Danny Watkins' old No. 63 jersey became the Birds' backup center when Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery late last week. Starter Jason Kelce and Molk now are the only centers on the team, though one probably will be added, given that two is a really small number on a 90-man training-camp roster.
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August 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have not made a transaction throughout training camp. The last time they added or cut a player was May 19, which is the longest stretch in the NFL. Since Howie Roseman became general manager in 2010, the Eagles had not gone more than three days into training camp without making a move until this preseason. One major reason is the relative health of the Eagles. Some moves in camp are made because of necessity, with depth thin at positions because of injuries. The Eagles have not lost a player for an extended period.
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August 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Safety Keelan Johnson returned to the Eagles on Thursday after missing four practices because of an arrest on assault charges. Johnson was excused from the team after he met with coach Chip Kelly on July 24. In that meeting, Kelly told Johnson that he did not want to cut the second-year player. "He could easily have gotten rid of me," Johnson said. "It was a situation I wish I could avoid. Just give it to [Kelly] and this organization. " Johnson would not comment on the details of his arrest.
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August 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
WASHINGTON - Shortly after nothing happened, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. promised something was going to happen. "I don't see a scenario right now where our roster is going to be the same roster in April that it is right now," Amaro said Thursday after baseball's non-waiver trade deadline expired without the Phillies making a single move. "It will change. It will need to change because we need to get better. " There are not many things you could get Phillies fans to agree with Amaro about during these dark days, but the idea that his last-place ball club needs to make changes is definitely one they'd be on board with.
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August 1, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The finishing pieces still believe the team for which they chose to play is close to winning again. The Phillies lavishly paid rightfielder Marlon Byrd and closer Jonathan Papelbon as they tried to complete a star-studded roster. They signed them because they expected to contend for a playoff spot. Instead, when the non-waiver trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. yesterday, the Phillies had the third-worst record in the National League, stood 12 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East behind the host Nationals and 14 games below .500.
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July 24, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer was named on Tueday to the roster for the inaugural Major League Soccer futures all-star game. The MLS Homegrown Game will be played Aug. 4 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. "I'm very excited and honored to be selected as part of the Chipotle Homegrown team and excited to represent the Union as well as the other great homegrown players around the league," Pfeffer said in a news release. Pfeffer, from Dresher, is one of 20 players on the team, which will play the Portland Timbers U-23s before the Aug. 6 MLS All-Star Game.
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July 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
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