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Carson Wentz’s surgeon recommends “cautious approach” in quarterback’s return - PFT
The doctor who repaired the torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in Carson Wentz‘s left knee recommends a “cautious approach” in the quarterback’s return. “What’s a few games over 12 to 15 years?” Dr. Jim Bradley, the Steelers head orthopedic surgeon who operated on Wentz, told John Clark of NBC Philadelphia. “. . . Common sense should take over the day.” Wentz has yet to be cleared for contact, with the season opener less than a week away.

Brent Celek addresses Eagles fans in heartfelt retirement announcement - BGN
When news broke Thursday night that Brent Celek was planning to announce his retirement on Friday, it was something that both made total sense yet surprised me a little. The former Eagles tight end was still physically healthy, and would have contributed to several locker rooms right away should he have chosen to re-sign. But, he didn’t. And in his heartfelt open letter to the Philadelphia Eagles organization, former and current teammates, and fans, explained a little bit about why he chose to retire.

Carson Wentz and the ACL Return Timetable - Football Outsiders
Given that a torn ACL used to be thought of as a career-ending injury, this is somewhat comforting. On the other hand, if almost half the time the player isn’t ready for action in Week 1, then that is still a concern. But what if the player is ready for Week 2 or 3, which could be the case for someone like Wentz? We broke down our 51 players who missed Week 1 into four groups to get a better understanding of why they weren’t ready for the season opener. We’ll go through the groups in order from most serious situations to the least serious.

Final Roster Prediction - Iggles Blitz
Some may question the choice of Smallwood over Josh Adams. Smallwood is a better receiver and better returner. Neither guy is a gifted blocker. Both are effective runners. Smallwood has more experience. Adams was banged up this summer. I still like his long term potential, but I think he needs a year on the practice squad. Go with Smallwood for now. I hated cutting DeAndre Carter, but the Eagles put Markus Wheaton on the field early Thursday night. They wanted to see him in action. He got deep and should have had a TD, but the ball was underthrown. Wheaton is a veteran player with speed. Carter is a better version of Paul Turner. Go with Wheaton.

NFL Honors Poll: Picks for MVP, rookie of the year, more - ESPN
3. Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles. Sure, the defending Super Bowl champions coach is on here, because we know he can coach and we figure his team is probably going to be good enough to put him in the discussion. But again ... come on. What would the Eagles’ record have to be this year for Pederson to win this award over someone whose team comes out of nowhere to go 10-6?

Carson Wentz Delivers In A Whole New Way -
Carson Wentz announced that Thy Kingdom Crumb, a partnership between Wentz’s AO1 Foundation and Connect Church, would make its debut at the ACME Supermarket located on Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. Thy Kingdom Crumb is on the surface a food truck, dreamed up by Connect Church senior pastor Kyle Horner eight years ago. The plans changed and evolved, but escalated and expanded once the AO1 Foundation became involved. But in essence, Thy Kingdom Crumb can meet people where they are and provide support and community for those in need.

PFF’s Preseason Week 4 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Edge Defender: Steven Means, Philadelphia Eagles – 89.5. One of the preseason’s most consistent performers, Means once again impressed as a pass-rusher for the league’s most loaded defensive front. Means notched four more total pressures across 19 pass-rushing snaps.

Undrafted rookie DT Bruce Hector appears to have played his way onto Eagles roster - Daily News
Bruce Hector is used to being underestimated. After he signed with the University of South Florida out of Robinson High School in Tampa, one college scouting web site ranked him 21st out of USF’s 25 recruits that year. So, when the 6-foot-2, 296-pound defensive tackle went undrafted in April despite finishing his career with the fourth-most sacks (18) in school history, he didn’t spend a lot of time feeling sorry for himself. ”I wasn’t disappointed,’’ he said. “Somebody told me one time that you’re going to be on a team whether you get drafted or sign with somebody.

Nigel Bradham unsure how he’ll spend his suspension week - NBCSP
It’s now officially game week heading into Week 1 of the 2018 season, which means Nigel Bradham is banned from the NovaCare Complex. The Eagles’ starting linebacker is suspended for Week 1 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He can’t practice all week, he can’t be in the building all week and he can’t be in the stadium on Thursday. So he’ll spend the week working out — as of earlier this week he hadn’t decided if he’ll stay in Philly or go home to Florida — before watching the Eagles-Falcons game on TV. “It’s not something I want to do, obviously,” Bradham said. “I’m ready to get past it. That’s it.”

The NFL’s Weak Links: Which Units Could Doom Some of the League’s Top Contenders? - The Ringer
After a disastrous 2016 campaign when the Vikings’ offensive line was decimated by injuries, the unit was solid in 2017. This season, though, has already involved a lot of shuffling. Right guard Joe Berger retired, which prompted right tackle Mike Remmers to move inside, but he’s barely practiced after suffering an ankle injury early in training camp. That leaves the right tackle spot to either second-round pick Brian O’Neill or 2016 undrafted free agent Rashod Hill. Hill is the favorite to win the job, but he has also been limited this preseason with an ankle injury.

New reports of Khalil Mack trade ‘very real’ and Jon Gruden being more open to it than Mark Davis - Silver And Black Pride
Late Friday night suddenly the Khalil Mack discussion went from Mach one to ludicrous speed. Perhaps it was the Aaron Donald deal being done that shifted everyone’s focus to Khalil Mack and the Raidesrs. Who knows, but the whole discussion got kicked up a few notches in the past couple hours.

Aaron Donald gets a record-breaking deal from the Rams. It’s about damn time - SB Nation
In May, Aaron Donald’s new teammate Marcus Peters told the Los Angeles Rams to “pay the man.” Months later and after well over a year of Donald asking for a new deal, the Rams are finally doing paying up. On Friday, the Rams announced a lucrative extension for Donald. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a six-year, $135 million deal with $87 million guaranteed. Donald’s contract comes in the same week that Aaron Rodgers and Odell Beckham Jr. received record deals. Donald’s isn’t just the highest ever for a defensive player — it puts his pay in a tier that only elite quarterbacks have reached. His $22.5 million annual average easily eclipses the $19.1 million average that Von Miller got from the Broncos two years ago. Now, Donald is the 10th highest-paid player in the entire NFL, in terms of annual salary — behind only nine quarterbacks.


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