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August 21, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly joked that he does not think LeSean McCoy will "ever play again. " The Eagles coach took a sarcastic approach Tuesday to the attention devoted to McCoy's left big toe, which kept the running back out of practice on Sunday. McCoy said his toe was sore and compared it to a less severe form of turf toe. Kelly's nothing-to-see-here approach is not atypical regarding player injuries, but he's quickly learning that an injured toe for an Eagles Pro Bowl running back - no matter how mild - can raise the blood pressure throughout the region.
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August 20, 2014
FLYERS GOALTENDER Steve Mason resumed his on-ice, offseason training yesterday for the first time since breaking his finger last month. Mason, 26, fractured his right pinky finger while playing ball hockey in his hometown of Oakville, Ontario, on July 27. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said at the time that Mason would miss 2 weeks of training time. Since he was back on the ice yesterday, and posted a photo on his Instagram account (@Masey35) to prove it, Mason will have plenty of time to round into form before training camp opens next month.
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August 20, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
You take the mileposts as you find them in the preseason, but there was one the Eagles passed Monday when their three projected starting receivers practiced together for the first time. Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews - two of whom weren't even on the active roster last season - are expected to carry the weight at that position this year. Of course, being on the field at the same time will help. Cooper missed more than a week during training camp with an ankle injury and Maclin, coming off knee surgery, had been sidelined since last Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
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August 19, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE EAGLES take the field Thursday night for the third of their four preseason games, they could feature as close to a fully stocked wide-receiving corps as we'll see before the Sept. 7 season opener. A foot injury cost Riley Cooper most of training camp, but the Eagles' No. 2 receiver said yesterday he "felt good" after fully participating in practice and plans to make his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Jeremy Maclin's status for the game is still to be determined, but he is slated to return to practice today after missing Friday's game in New England with hamstring tightness.
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August 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles started the summer with what was supposed to be a kicking competition after Alex Henery's inconsistent 2013 season, but it quickly became apparent that he was the best kicker in Eagles camp. Even with undrafted free agent Carey Spear ostensibly a threat to win the job, the Eagles used Henery exclusively during the first two preseason games. Unless the Eagles find a better option after the preseason, Henery will be their kicker in 2014. Coach Chip Kelly came to Henery's defense Sunday, two days after Henery missed a 47-yard field-goal on his first attempt of the preseason.
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August 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Despite the improvements that Alex Henery displayed during training camp, the Eagles kicker hooked a 47-yard field goal wide in the 42-35 preseason loss to the Patriots on Friday night. It was his first field goal attempt of the preseason, and the kick was not even close off his foot. "You've got to make 47-yarders in this league," coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly said Henery was "really good" in training camp, and he is 9 for 9 on extended extra points that are similar to 33-yard field goals.
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August 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Backup center Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery last week, the Eagles said Sunday. Vandervelde had been sidelined for most of training camp, which he entered in a competition with David Molk for the backup spot. There is no timetable for Vandervelde's return. Guard Dennis Kelly had back surgery last August and missed the first month of the season. There are indications that Vandervelde underwent a similar procedure to repair a damaged disk. Vandervelde suffered a back injury late last season.
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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 8, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IN HIS 4 YEARS at the University of Wisconsin, Eagles rookie nose tackle Beau Allen set a school record by playing in 54 games, including three Rose Bowls. Rookie free-agent wide receiver Kadron Boone was a member of a Louisiana State University team that won an SEC championship and played in a BCS championship game. Linebacker Marcus Smith II was the Eagles' first-round pick in 2014, selected 26th overall out of the University of Louisville. Considering that they are in an NFL training camp, it is fair to say that Allen, Boone, Smith and the other rookies with the Eagles have already played in the neighborhood of 200 or more football games.
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August 4, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
LITO SHEPPARD entered that nether region that all aging athletes reach after the 2011 season, during which he played nine games for the Oakland Raiders. Just 30 years old at the time, the 2002 first-round draft pick of the Eagles still believed he had the physical skills, athleticism and game experience to remain a productive cornerback. But as all athletes eventually learn, Sheppard realized it was not going to be he who ultimately would make that determination. None of the 32 teams gave Sheppard - who had played 126 games and had 19 interceptions - a chance in 2012.
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