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August 29, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lane Johnson will start at right tackle in the Eagles' preseason finale against the New York Jets on Thursday, just as he did all of last season. The difference is none of the other starting linemen will be playing with him. And shortly after the game, Johnson will fly to Dallas, where he will stay for the next month. Johnson was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension was a major blow to the Eagles, who were relying on Johnson at right tackle.
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August 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THIS HAS BEEN Alex Henery's best NFL training camp, Henery said this week, except for the part about missing two of three field goals he has tried in preseason games. "That's probably the most frustrating part, is that I'm hitting good balls in practice. It's just those two that popped up in the games. Those aren't the ones I'm happy about," Henery said. So it is, despite strong work in practice, Henery fights for his job this week, against just-acquired rookie Cody Parkey, and any other kicker who might get cut. "My first training camp here [2011]
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August 24, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles were already uncertain about their kicking situation before Thursday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. There is even more concern after Alex Henery missed a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, bruising his tenuous grip on the kicker spot. "I've got to be better," Henery said minutes after the home game. "It will probably ruin my night, but I'll wake up tomorrow ready to go, and get those [bad kicks] out of there, and get myself ready for the next one. " It's reasonable to wonder how many next ones Henery will get. He made a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter, plus three regular extra points, and he connected on nine 33-yard extra points in the previous two preseason games.
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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 | 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 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 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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