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Outside Linebacker Travis Long Suffers ACL Tear on Monday

August 3rd, 2015 at 6:03 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Travis Long tore his ACL during Monday's practice. He is out of the season. He missed last season due to an ACL tear. It is his third ACL tear in three years, and the second to his left knee.

It is unclear how the injury occurred, but it was reported that Long walked to the medical tent with the trainers in the middle of practice. The training staff could be seen looking at his left knee. Connor Barwin went in briefly to presumably check on him.

Earlier this summer Chip Kelly said that the team was "really excited" about Long and that he was "doing a great job" at outside linebacker. He was figured to get some playing time this year behind Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham.

Long signed with the Eagles as an undated free agent in 2013 and has not yet appeared in a game for the Birds.

With the injury to Long, the Eagles will now rely on Marcus Smith as the primary back-up to Graham and Barwin. Smith had a very disappointing year last season after being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft.

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DeMarco Murray Does not Know Why He was Held Out of First Practice.

August 3rd, 2015 at 5:35 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles held their first practice of training camp on Sunday. However, their first string running back DeMarco Murray was left on the sideline for the majority of the practice.

Murray was back in the first group of 11-on-11 during the team's second practice on Monday.

Murray's noticeable absence on Sunday left many people wondering why he was not a full participant. Murray said he did not know why he was held out of the team portion of practice on Sunday and said that he, "is in the best shape of my life" when asked about it after practice on Monday. He also said he was not sure why he was held out and that you have to ask running back coach Duce Staley and Chip Kelly why he was held out.

During Monday's press conference, Murray had a little smile on his face when asked about why he did not get any reps on Sunday. He did not seem concerned by not being involved in the first practice, acknowledging that there is a long season ahead of him and they are just starting training camp.

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Sam Bradford Taking Majority of First Team Reps in First Two Practices

August 3rd, 2015 at 4:51 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Chip Kelly promised a quarterback competition during training camp. So far the competition is for the third string job, as Sam Bradford has taken all but four reps with the first team through the first two practices of training camp.

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, Bradford has completed 33 of 41 completions in the two days at camp. He has thrown the only touchdown so far on a 65-yard completion to Jordan Matthews. During the team's first practice on Sunday, Bradford was the only quarterback to throw an interception.

Bradford reportedly looked a little shaky during the team's practice on Sunday, the first of training camp. However, he has been a full participant so far, which is the first time he has played any sort of 11-on-11 football since tearing his ACL a year ago. He has not worn a knee brace through the fist two practice, just a sleeve. It will be interesting to see just how he does when the pads go on for the first time this summer.

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Chip Kelly Says Offseason Moves were About Money

July 30th, 2015 at 7:09 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Chip Kelly made a lot of roster moves this offseason that left people scratching their head.

He traded away the Philadelphia Eagles all-time leading rusher LeSean McCoy. Traded Nick Foles. Cut Trent Cole, Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans, Bradley Fletcher, and Cary Williams.

And it was all about money.

Ruben Frank, of CSNPhilly.com spoke to Kelly about the offseason moves and the Eagles coach explained himself.

Almost all the maneuvers we made with people going out were because of contracts. People making too much money in our opinion of what the evaluation for what the pay to play is.

Every guy we released, we offered in a trade to everybody in the league, and no one took the trade. Why? Because their contract is too high. (They) all sign somewhere else after they get released for less money than they were getting paid because you're not going to trade for that.

Frank also points out that in releasing the players that Kelly did, it freed up money for the Eagles to trade for Sam Bradford and getting rid of cap issues the team would face in the future.

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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Roster Breakdown: Wide Receivers

July 29th, 2015 at 3:51 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

For the second offseason in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles will be without their top receiver from the year before. DeSean Jackson was released following the 2013 season, his best year in the NFL. The Eagles once again lost their top receiver this year after Jeremy Maclin decided to sign a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Like Jackson, Maclin was coming off his best season since coming into the NFL.

The Eagles used their first pick in this year's draft to select wide receiver Nelson Agholor out of USC. Physically, he is almost a splitting image of Maclin. They also ran very similar 40-yard dash times at the combine, Agholor ran a 4.42 and Maclin a 4.45. Agholor is expected to be a day one starter for the Eagles. It remains to be seen if he will line up in the slot, like Jordan Matthews did his rookie season, or if he will be on the outside. Chip Kelly said last season that he likes the rookies to focus on one job. So if Agholor is lined up in the slot for the majority of camp, expect him to play in the slot once the regular season starts. Either way, Agholor will be a big contributor to the team's offense.

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