Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2:16pm
Will Sam Bradford be ready to roll for Philadelphia on Sunday?
The Eagles quarterback returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Video of the session showed Bradford flinging passes inside the team's practice facility just one day after coach Chip Kelly acknowledged that Tuesday would serve as a "big test" heading into Sunday's tilt with the New England Patriots.
Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:52pm
Eagles running back Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion in a Nov. 15 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field and is still not cleared to resume football activities according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly said that he did not have a definitive update on Ertz at the time of his Monday press conference but believed that the only remaining hurdle was the tight end being cleared by an independent neurologist before he could return to the practice field.
The Patriots may have lost their first game of the season on Sunday night, but their long-term prognosis to make another deep playoff run remained intact thanks to some welcome news: the knee injury tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered late in the fourth quarter isn't nearly as serious as first suspected.
In fact, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Gronkowski is week to week with a bruised knee. Any absence is expected to be short term, and the tight end is expected to return within a matter of weeks barring any unforeseen complications.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Gronk won't play Sunday vs. the Eagles, and is likely to miss multiple weeks.
We're likely to see a lot of reports in terms of how long Gronkowski will be out over the next coming days. Initial reports said he could even play this week, but that's seeming less likely with every news item released. With this week being a non-conference game against the struggling Eagles, it makes a lot of sense for the Pats to hold out Gronk, especially with the possibility of Danny Amendola coming back. However, there's been nothing official from the team and we urge owners to continue to have a backup plan.
Bradford suffered both a concussion and a sprained AC join in his left shoulder during the team's 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Nov. 15. He's missed the past two games, blowout losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 45-17; and the Detroit Lions, 45-14.
"We'll see how he is (Tuesday) and then Wednesday will be the key day,'' Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of Bradford, at his Monday press conference at the Nova Care Complex. "He threw a little bit in Detroit (Thanksgiving Day), but obviously wasn't ready. We hope he's progressed.''
Bradford did some limited work a week ago in preparation for the Lions game, but was among the team's inactives. Bradford had played his best football as an Eagle just before the injury. He completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 295 yards with the game-winning overtime touchdown pass for a 103.4 rating in a 33-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. And was 19-for-25 (76 percent) for 236 yards with a touchdown and a 118.1 rating before getting hurt against the Dolphins, the story said.
CB Charles Tillman (knee)
WR Corey Brown (shoulder)
DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)
CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)
WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)
QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)
LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)
S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)
CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)
Green Bay Packers
S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)
WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)
For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:15pm
Standing at his locker, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford expressed some doubt that he would be able to play this Thursday against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder injury he suffered two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins.
"If (my shoulder) continues to progress and get better, I'd like to be out there," Bradford said, "but ultimately it's going to be in the coaches and trainers hands."
Bradford returned to practice Monday, and took part in practice Tuesday, meaning he has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.
Now the questions surrounds the sprain in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury even Bradford isn't sure how long will take to heal.
Original reports said Bradford would miss Weeks 11 and 12 and it seems like we're heading in that direction. A Pro Football Talk report also pointed to the Mark Sanchez getting the start on Thanksgiving against the Lions, saying Sanchez is taking the first team reps. The Eagles offense is struggling, so neither QB - if named the starter - is really that great of a fantasy option.
Bradford is also dealing with a left shoulder injury and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that the team isn’t likely to have a decision about whether Bradford or Mark Sanchez will start against the Lions until Wednesday. Bradford returned to practice on Monday, but Shurmur explained that session and Tuesday’s practice will be too light to make a determination about his readiness to play.
Running back Ryan Mathews, who also left the Miami game with a concussion, has not been cleared to return to practice, OC Pat Shurmur said.
"He's in the protocol still," Shurmur said. "He's in that process. Everyone recovers from those at a different rate."
Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:59am
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (concussion) and running back Ryan Mathews (concussion) were both absent from practice Monday. Mathews has not played since suffering a concussion against the Dolphins. Ertz went down against the Buccaneers.
The Eagles play the early game on Thanksgiving and the turnaround may be too quick for both players to be active for Week 12.
Bradford, who missed this past Sunday's game with a concussion and shoulder injury, was out on the practice field Monday, the first time he has practiced since going down against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10.
The entire practice was not open to the media, but Bradford did everything the other quarterbacks did, and it looked like he might be preparing for a full day's work.
Bradford did not take part in team drills Monday, one of only two practice days the Philadelphia Eagles have this week. Bradford participated in individual drills, according to ESPN. The Eagles play in the early game on Thanksgiving and many speculated Bradford would miss this Week 12 contest in addition to Week 11. HC Chip Kelly said when Bradford is healthy he would start.
Ertz hit the ground hard, with his neck snapping back, after he attempted to hurdle a defender.
Ertz was taken back into the locker room by the doctors to be examined for a head injury. He was diagnosed with a concussion and didn't return.
Ertz was recovering from a core body injury in preseason and was slowly getting back to 100-percent, putting together some solid fantasy outing over the past few weeks. Brent Celek has stood out in the Eagles offense the past few weeks, too, and could end up being a sneaky TE play if Ertz can't get back on the field.
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:52am
To the unbiased observers, and especially the fans, it doesn't make sense.
Two people with knowledge of the situation, one who works for another team and one close to the Eagles, agreed on what is happening with Austin.
"You see it all the time, it's the classic case of guy gaining trust in the coaches,'' the man with another team said. "We have it here with a defensive player. Even though his backup is the better player, he plays because the coaches trust him to know the defense. It's got to be same thing going on (with Austin). The coaches know he's going to run the right routes and be in the right place all the time. Even though the other guys might be better, he's getting the time.''
After playing a limited amount of snaps the first month, Austin played 46 snaps against the Saints, more than Josh Huff (41) and Nelson Agholor (34); played 50 against the Giants, second most to Matthews' 62 (Agholor was out that game); 60 against the Panthers; a team-high 64 against the Cowboys; and 45 against the Dolphins when Agholor returned to the lineup. The thing is, Austin hasn't been great either. Agholor is getting healthier but has missed a lot of time and may be way behind in terms of reps and chemistry, however he should start to take some snaps away from Austin as the season goes along. Right now, only Matthews is a safe fantasy option.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Eagles QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. Bradford is in step two (of five) of the concussion protocol and is going to have a tough time making his return for Week 11. He also has a separated left shoulder, but wants to play. But it looks like Mark Sanchez will get the start. In eight starts last year, Sanchez completed 63.8% of his passes for an average of 277 yards, 1.50 TD and 1.13 INT. That equates to 16.6 FP, or about what Joe Flacco averaged as the QB13 last year. He has a nice matchup with the Buccaneers, who are #24 in QB aFPA. However, he was also a main player in The Buttfumble. Last year, Jordan Matthews averaged 4.2-67-0.67 in games that Sanchez attempted at least 20 passes. He averaged 4.1-39-0.29 in the other seven games.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
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