After blowing a chance to gain ground on their NFC East rivals with a 13-28 loss in New Orleans, the Philadelphia Eagles have been dealt another devastating blow. Starting left tackle Todd Herremans has been placed on the Injured Reserve list meaning he will be out the rest of the season. Herremans suffered a dislocated bone in his right foot during the loss to the Saints. Herremans had been one of the lone bright spots on the offensive line this year. After he was injured, Demetress Bell replaced him and struggled mightily. Bell was called for several penalties and provided little resistance to the Saints pass rush. With Herremans being placed on IR, the Eagles have activated offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde from the practice squad. While the team has remained optimistic about Vandervelde's ability to step in and contribute, there is a reason he was on the practice squad. The Eagles offensive line was already in tatters with injuries to Jason Kelce and Jason Peters, now Todd Herremans.
Piling on top of the offensive line's performance and injury problems, was Marcus Vick. Brother of quarterback Michael Vick, Marcus ripped the offensive line through Twitter and demanded a trade for his big brother. Marcus tweeted numerous times during the Eagles Monday night game, some even laced with profanity. Here are two of his tweets that garnered negative attention for his brother: "Please trade my brother. We requesting out of Philly!!!! Please please please……This not even an NFL type of O-line. What happen to the hogs the Eagles had last year and year before? Call Winston Justice back n Jamal J". The offensive line has played awful for most of the season, but blasting them through twitter is not the answer. While Marcus Vick is certainly entitled to his opinion, he must realize his comments will be perceived as the thoughts and feelings of Michael Vick as well. Michael Vick's first question in the post game press conference was about his brother's comments. Michael Vick had been playing in the game and had no knowledge about the Twitter stir his brother had caused. Surprisingly Michael Vick has not blamed his offensive line or criticized them publicly. He does deserve credit for his poise and attitude through this rough season.
Through eight games the Eagles are 3-5 and unravelling fast. On top of the Monday night loss to the Saints, they suffered another devastating injury to the offensive line, Vick's brother publicly asked for Vick to be dealt out of Philadelphia, and one of the lead stories on every sports show is Andy Reid being fired at the end of the season. While the team and the coaching staff have remained optimistic through their public comments, the birds are drowning. Still they are only two games back of the NFC East leading New York Giants, but the playoffs do not appear to be in the cards this year. The phrase "when it rains it pours" appears to ring true for Philadelphia.
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