RB Fred Jackson will have an MRI Monday on his groin injury. It appears serious but he’ll know more Monday.
C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone in the game and reports have him out for the season. That left Anthony Dixon to take over as the team's main back. Bryce Brown, who came over from the Eagles in a trade, was inactive but could see a lot of work going forward. Brown is an interesting back. He was drafted by the Birds in the seventh round and is considered a bit raw. He showed flashes at times with the Eagles but did have some issues with ball security. Brown is a guy who could see a big workload in this offense and is worth a grab off your wire if you're struggling at the position.
Unfortunately, Spiller was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a broken collarbone, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, and will miss the rest of the season after Monday surgery, per a source who has spoken to Spiller.
With Jackson also hurt with a potentially serious groin injury (expected to miss four games), Bryce Brown could get called upon for a big workload going forward, along with Anthony Dixon who took over for Spiller and Jackson in Week 7. Brown is an interesting back. He showed flashes of greatness with the Eagles but ball security has always been an issue. He's considered a bit raw with not a lot of football experience through college which is how the Eagles got him in the seventh round, but the potential is certainly there and he's worth picking up off your wire.
What is holding Zach Ertz back right now is the same thing that holds back a lot of young tight ends: his blocking ability.
Ertz was just a part of the problem with the run game. A much bigger part was the three missing starters up front. But when your offensive line is struggling, other shortcomings become magnified.
Reducing Ertz' snaps wasn't an easy thing to do, given his ability as a pass-catcher. But Chip Kelly thought it was critical to do whatever it took to get McCoy going.
Ertz has a terrific series of matchups down the stretch, but his snaps have dropped from the 60-75% range to the 40-45% range. The Eagles do play up tempo, so there are a lot of snaps to go around. Ertz should stay in the low-end TE1 discussion, but he doesn't have major upside as a part-time player.
"I hope so," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I can't tell you that for sure but we hope."
Andre Williams carried the ball 16 times in a blowout loss to the Eagles in Week 6, so we're expecting at least that many touches against the Cowboys this week. There has been no indication that Jennings' job is in danger -- Williams is probably the better runner, but he simply isn't the weapon in the passing game that Jennings is.
Out of the four backs, Gray most closely resembles Ridley as a power, north-south runner. He had a nice preseason effort against the Eagles, carrying 12 times for 98 yards. But that was Aug. 15, and this is the regular season.
The story also believes the Pats could get by with Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden. In the preseason, many on the Patriots beat felt James White was a guy who could eventually replace Vereen next season, so he doesn't seem like a candidate to get the between-the-tackles carries. The Pats running game has often been a mystery week-to-week and it looks like it's going to stay that way.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:46pm
There’s been chatter around Baltimore as to who the Ravens’ top running back is in their strong rushing game. On Sunday in Tampa Bay, Forsett took another step in proving he’s the guy.
Forsett and the now healthy Pierce split the carries – Forsett got 14 and Pierce had 15. But Forsett took his for 111 yards (7.9 yard average), and Pierce totaled 32 yards (2.1 average) and a touchdown on his attempts.
Forsett got his fourth straight start, and kick-started the Ravens offense with a 52-yard jaunt on their second play of the game.
Forsett, who still leads the NFL in average yards per carry (6.4), hadn’t logged a 100-yard game since 2009, his second year in the league when he was with the Seattle Seahawks. Forsett is fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards, trailing only Dallas' DeMarco Murray, Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell, Houston's Arian Foster and Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy. It didn't appear Forsett would step up to the lead role and keep it with the younger Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as part of the running attack. For now, Forsett is taking advantage of his opportunities despite splitting carries with Pierce.
Urban added that the worst seems to be behind Palmer, which is great news. He's worth grabbing if he ended up on your wire. At apparently less than 100 percent, Palmer threw for 250 yards and two TDs last week against the Redskins - one to Michael Floyd and the other to Larry Fitzgerald. It looks like pretty smooth sailing for the next four weeks with games against the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Rams, who all rank 14th or lower in terms of giving up points to QBs.
What I'm hearing on Darren Sproles: Not out for the year, but probably out a few weeks.
There was fear it was an ACL tear, but it's not, according to Mosher. Mosher added that it's a slight MCL tear, while other reports are calling it a sprain. The Eagles haven't ruled Sproles for Week 8, as the team has a Week 7 bye. Head coach Chip Kelly also said Monday the team doesn't plan to make a roster move for a RB, which could indicate he thinks Sproles has a chance to play in Week 8. It could also mean the team expects Chris Polk (hamstring) to be active for Week 8.
Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:22am
Eagles QB Nick Foles has turned the ball over nine times (he's fumbled four times and lost two) in six games this season. While the Eagles are still 5-1, despite the mistakes, head coach Chip Kelly expressed concern after Sunday night's 27-0 win over the Giants.
"If we keep winning, no,it doesn't matter,'' Kelly began. "But if it hurts us, then, yeah (I'm concerned). We still have to do a better job from that standpoint. We were a lot cleaner last year from a turnover standpoint, and he'll be the first to tell you that.''
Foles threw two interceptions, Sunday, that in a closer game could have been costly. He also fumbled, but rookie wide receiver Josh Huff recovered.
Foles was playing pretty well and hitting receivers on target for the most part Sunday night against the Giants, but didn't see a lot of pressure. His two INTs were just bad decisions. There has been a lot of talk about his footwork when throwing the ball behind a shaky offensive line, however the Eagles feel that can be corrected. He's not always going to have a perfect pocket while dropping back, though. Foles' job is safe for now, but it's clearly an area that needs to improve.
Still a team source told NJ.com that Sproles' injury "does not look good.'' Asked how bad it was, the source responded, "it's not good.''
Sproles catches a break with the Eagles on the bye next week. His status for Arizona, Oct. 26 and beyond won't be determined until the team comes back from the bye to practice, Oct. 21.
Other reports said Sproles was joking with teammates in the locker room. Sproles did walk off the field and to the locker room under his own power but it looks like owners will have to wait and see how long he could be out. He was scheduled for an MRI Monday. The Eagles have a bye in Week 7 before coming back to play the Cardinals in Week 8. The Birds will likely bring in another RB with Chris Polk (hamstring) inactive for Week 6. LeSean McCoy will see plenty of touches if Sproles is out any length of time.
Cruz planted his right leg to go up for a potential TD catch and never got up. He was carted off and is presumably done for the season. Rueben Randle,
Odell Beckham, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will have to make up for the loss of Cruz. From a fantasy perspective, it could really raise the value of Beckham going forward, who should see a lot more targets. Parker could get a big bump in playing time.
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 9:00pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:10am
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy was ready.
It was late, the game was on the line, and he wanted the ball. But his number wasn't called, and he seethed.
"Yeah, I was hot. I mean, who wouldn't want the ball?" McCoy said. "I wasn't [angry], but I thought I was getting it."
While the running back's reaction may seem like a reversal from statements he made this past week, the pivotal moment in question wasn't the Eagles' late-game decision to go with Darren Sproles over McCoy against the Rams last Sunday.
It happened a week earlier against the 49ers. The Eagles, trailing by five points, drove down the field. A McCoy 5-yard carry on second down put them 11/2 yards from the goal line. During the two-minute warning, McCoy said he was told he would get the ball.
That's been back-to-back games the Eagles haven't gone with their stud RB in key situations. Last week a lot was made over the Eagles taking out McCoy for Sproles later in the game to kill the clock. Sproles busted off a long run for a first down and never came out of the game after that. The issue with McCoy has been dancing around and looking for room that often isn't there behind a banged up line. He seems to refuse to take what little is there and will try to make more. While Sproles, on the other hand, is taking what's there. McCoy is going to get his carries and still finished with 24 and four catches, but the team isn't afraid to use Sproles at just about any time in the game.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Andre Williams has out-touched Peyton Hillis 37-to-10 in the last two weeks with Jennings missing time in both games. We’re expecting a big game out of Williams, who should run well against a shaky Eagles rush defense.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
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