Eagles Droppings 8/30: Herremans Injures Ankle, injury update, C Jackson Back For Week One and Roseman On Calvin
By Lance Epstein
Herremans Sprains Ankle:
Yesterday, starting left guard Todd Herremans left practice early. Today, head coach Andy Reid confirmed he had suffered a slight right ankle sprain.
Herremans missed most of the Eagles' OTAs, training camp and preseason with a sore left foot. However, Herremans recently returned to the field and even played a half in the third (and most meaningful) preseason game against the Chiefs.
While Herremans missed practice today with another injury, he remains upbeat about his possible return to the field.
"2day was one of those days where nothing seemed to go right for me...smdh. But, thankfully..2morrow is a new day! Yadigg," said Herremans on his twitter account.
While the overall news is bad, the good news is that his left foot (which has been surgically repaired) is OK. While a sprain ankle is a tough and nagging injury, it would be far worse if the sprain occurred to his left foot and not his right.
On the other hand, Herremans is already behind the rest of the offensive and league for that matter. This injury might not keep him out of the regular season opener, but could severely hurt his effectiveness on the field.
Additionally, the Eagles have a ton of injuries along the line and already have troubles protecting QB Kevin Kolb, so having this injury happen is not good. Also, this means the offensive line starts the season (for the second straight season) without a chance to gel during the preseason and training camp.
** WR DeSean Jackson and DE Trent Cole were held out of practice today. Neither player was expected to practice. Jackson is still feeling some discomfort in his upper back and neck area from the hit he received in the first quarter of the Eagles third preseason game. Additionally, Jackson decided to have his wisdom teeth taken on Tuesday (good luck, if they are deeply impacted it will be painful). However, the good news on Jackson is he is expected to be ready for the season opener. In addition, Reid named him the team's punt returner.
** Rookie fifth-round pick DE Ricky Sapp missed practice with a sore knee. He is expected to receive an MRI on the knee on Tuesday, but given the fact he has done nothing so far, he might get the “Bryan Smith treatment.” The Smith treatment is where a player is placed on Injured Reserved with an “injury” for the season, so that the Eagles do not have to cut (and possibly lose) him. Moreover, Sapp can use the extra time learn the defensive scheme and getting stronger for next year. It is a shame that he will not see the field in 2010. Many fans thought he would be the steal of the draft for the Eagles (based on scouts projecting him as an early second round pick talent who free fell all the way to the fifth round). Still, with DE Juqua Parker getting longer in the tooth, Sapp could be the team's replacement for him next year.
** Speaking of Parker, he and guard Nick Cole returned to practice today. Cole filled in at left guard with Herremans sidelined. Cole did not appear to be favoring his knee and looked very effective.
** LB Ernie Sims jogged off the field a quarter of the way through practice. It was later confirmed that he endured a forearm strain. He is listed as day to day.
** CB Dimitri Patterson did not practice after suffering a groin injury. It is important for him to get back on the field especially with the Eagles acquiring Jorrick Calvin.
C Jackson Could Play Week One:
The most important news coming out of Monday’s practice was center Jamaal Jackson taking nearly ever rep with the starting offense. Not only did Jackson take a good portion of the repetitions at center, he looked good in doing so and felt fine as well.
"I'm fine from a physical standpoint; it's just mentally, people falling around my legs. Actually, someone fell into my legs during one-on-ones, and ... naturally you don't want anybody falling around your legs," Jackson said. "But when it happens it happens and now I'll know how to deal with it.
"Today was a huge step for me. Today was a big step, so now I can start taking some even bigger steps in trying to get back to my old form."
While Reid said Jackson is not going to play in the preseason finale against the New York Jets (on Thursday), he never ruled him out for the season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 12th.
"That's my goal," Jackson said." A lot can change from now and September 12th, so we'll just play it by ear and I'll keep getting on my knees and praying to the good lord at night because he got me here. We'll see how it works."
This is absolutely huge for the Eagles offensive line. In the last two games of the season against Dallas, it was clear just how much the Eagles missed him. The sorely missed his ability to call out the blitz pickups at the line of scrimmage and his success at blocking NT Jay Ratliff. Furthermore, the Eagles coaching staff might say they have a lot of faith in Mike McGlynn and Nick Cole starting at center, but neither possesses the strength, size nor has the experience Jackson brings to the table.
GM Howie Roseman Talks About Acquiring CB Calvin:
Earlier today, General Manager Howie Roseman pulled the trigger on a deal that saw two sixth-round rookies from this year’s draft exchanged. The Eagles sent FB Charles Scott (200th overall pick) to the Cardinals for CB Jorrick Calvin (201st overall pick).
Roseman says the Eagles like what Calvin can bring to the team. Moreover, the Eagles scouted him leading up to the NFL Draft and kept an eye on him during the preseason.
"Jorrick Calvin is a physical corner with return ability, a guy that we've had our eye on here in the draft and through the preseason," Roseman said.
Still, Calvin has an uphill battle considering the cornerback position has been a pleasant surprise in the preseason and throughout training camp. In addition, coach Reid announced that Ellis Hobbs and DeSean Jackson would handled the punt and kickoff return duties.
"I think it starts with Asante, he's come in great shape, he's had a great camp," Roseman said. "Ellis Hobbs as well, physical guy, he's done really well. And then our young guys too have stepped up. Trevard Lindley keeps getting better, Dimitri Patterson's done a good job and Joselio Hanson has done a solid job in his role."
However, just because Calvin has not suited up for the Eagles and that the final 53-man roster must be submitted by Saturday doesn’t mean he won't have a fair chance to make the squad according to Roseman.
"I think we're going to rely a lot on our college reports, what (Calvin's) done so far in the preseason and we'll put him out there Thursday and we'll see what he can do," he said.
While Calvin is in a bit of a underdog to make the team, there are numerous reasons to think he can make the roster. With Hobbs coming back from a severe neck injury and playing very well at cornerback in the preseason, the Eagles might not want to risk losing him on special teams.
Also, Hanson is owed a lot of money and has been underperforming since the end of last season. The coaches might feel that Calvin can produce at nearly the same level, but at a fraction of the price. Additionally with Macho Harris shifting back over to safety and Patterson suffering a groin injury there is a spot open at cornerback.