Eagles Droppings 9/15: Bradley, Kolb Not Practicing, Jackson Has Surgery, Eagles Bring In LB And More
By Lance Epstein
Kolb, Bradley Unable To Practice:
Middle Linebacker Stewart Bradley and quarterback Kevin Kolb did attended the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday morning, but neither was able to participate in the meetings or practice.
The reason that neither player sat in on the meetings or practiced was due to failing the second phase of the concussion test; a mandatory test that is required by the league guidelines (on concussions) to pass in order to participate in team activities.
However, head coach Andy Reid did announce that both men have made progress with their concussions since Monday morning. If Kolb and Bradley manage to pass the second phase tomorrow then both should be able to sit in on meetings. Additionally, Reid did not commit to Vick running the first-team offense on Friday: a possible indication that he expects Kolb to be ready.
Still, even if Bradley and Kolb pass the second phase they have to be cleared by medical specialist Dr. William Welsh. Originally the Eagles planned for both players to be evaluated by Dr. Welsh on Friday, but unless they pass the second phase tomorrow that seems unlikely to happen.
Nevertheless backup QB Michael Vick took all of the snaps with the first-team offense in practice and is expected to do the same tomorrow as the Eagles gameplan for the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Ultimately, it is just a matter of time until Vick is back on the bench or coming in for the "Wildcat" offense. However, Vick has a great opportunity to showcase his quarterback and leadership skills for potential future employers. If he can guide the Eagles passed the Lions and be as brilliants as he was against the Packers, then he should find himself a nice contract at the end of the year and be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
As for Kolb, he needs to get back to practice and take command of the offense. Over the past five weeks, the offense has gone from good to horrendous. Without practicing it probably gets even worse. In addition, it is not an ideal situation for Reid to run Kolb back out onto the field without taking a majority of the snaps in practice.
On an interesting note, this marks the second straight season opener where the Eagles have lost their starting quarterback to injury.
Center Jackson Has Surgery:
Two days after learning that his season would be over after just two quarters of football, Eagles center Jamaal Jackson had successful surgery to repair a torn right triceps tendon. According to the Eagles, Peter DeLuca of the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia was the physician that performed the surgery.
On Monday, the Eagles placed Jackson on the Injured Reserved list with the torn triceps, which means he is officially out for the remainder of the 2010 season. The injury occurred in the second quarter as he attempted block a Green Bay defender.
Unfortunately for Jackson, this is his second season ending injury in the last eight months. Of course many Eagles fans remember the first injury as he tore his ACL in week 16 against the Denver Broncos.
Sadly, this could mark the end of Jackson's tenure with the Eagles. At 30 years old, Jackson is one of the older players on the team and appears to be breaking down physically. Moreover, the Eagles are very high on backup center Mike McGlynn.
If McGlynn fails, then Eagles could look to upgrade the position via the NFL Draft. Remember the team thought about selecting Florida and now Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey in this past April’s NFL Draft.
Eagles Bring In Linebacker:
According to Adam Caplan of Foxsports.com, the Eagles invited linebacker David Veikune for a workout on Tuesday.
The former University of Hawaii standout was a second round pick (52nd overall) of the Cleveland Brown just as year ago. The 6-2, 257 pound linebacker is not eligible to make the practice squad because he was active in 10 games during the 2009 season.
The Eagles appear to be interested in the former Brown because they him as an asset on special teams and he can be a backup SAM linebacker. Moreover, Stewart Bradley's concussion may force the Eagles to play rookie linebackers Jamar Chaney and Keenan Clayton more, but neither player has instilled enough confidence to earn that sort of trust.
Veinuke does have NFL experience that Chaney and Clayton lack, but he is not worth losing Chaney or another player off the Eagles' current roster. Still, the Eagles have coveted him since the 2009 NFL Draft.
However, do not expect the Eagles to make a waiver claim on Veikune. Caplan reports that multiple teams are reluctant to make a claim since he has guaranteed money left on the rookie deal he signed in 2009.
Cooley Calls Eagles Boneheaded:
On Tuesday night, an ESPN episode of "Homecoming with Rick Reilly," aired with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb as the guest of honor. The episode was tape in the middle of May at McNabb's high school (Mount Carmel in Chicago).
While McNabb never badmouthed the Eagles or their fans, his teammate (Redskins TE) Chris Cooley did not hold back about the deal that sent McNabb from Philadelphia to Washington.
"This is one of the top 10 biggest bonehead trades in the history of the NFL," said Cooley about finding out the news of McNabb being his teammate.
So is Cooley right to call it one of the top 10 biggest bonehead trades in NFL history? That is yet to be determined.
If McNabb leads the Redskins to the type of success he had in Philadelphia then it might very well be a bonehead move.
However, if (and that is a big if right now) Kevin Kolb develops into a NFL caliber quarterback then the trade fulfilled its purpose. The Eagles got an excellent young safety in Nate Allen and their future will be bright with Kolb leading the way.
On the other hand, if Kolb fails and McNabb flourishes, then the Eagles will have to face the music.