December 2011 - Philadelphia Eagles Wiretap
McCoy Likely To Play, Chase Rushing Title
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is officially listed as questionable for the team's meaningless season finale. However, coach Andy Reid fully expects McCoy to face the Redskins and flirt with the NFL rushing title. McCoy missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday because of an ankle injury. He has 1,309 rushing yards, 128 behind Jaguars running back and current league leader Maurice Jones-Drew (1,437), who missed two days of practice with an ankle injury but is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Colts. McCoy leads the league with 17 rushing touchdowns.
Sources: Spagnuolo Will Be Philadelphia's D-Coordinator
League sources have indicated that it is all but certain that current Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo will join Andy Reid's staff as the defensive coordinator of the Eagles after the season. Changes are expected in St. Louis. The Rams have struggled this season despite entering the season with relatively high expectations.
DeSean 'Definitely' Wants To Return To Eagles
After the Eagles beat the Cowboys on Saturday afternoon, wide receiver DeSean Jackson talked about wanting to return to the team. "Our future is going to be bright," Jackson said at his locker. "This is really our first year playing together with the new additions, and it's a year under our belt, so next year we can come back and keep doing what we're doing." Next year is something Jackson hasn't talked about at all this year, especially in terms of spending it with the Eagles. Jackson has just one more game under his original rookie contract, which pays him the NFL fourth-year minimum wage of $600,000 this year. "Hopefully, I will be," he said of returning. "I consider Philadelphia a home, and the fans have embraced me and things like that. But it's out of my control. I don't know (what's going to happen). But I definitely want to (be back)."
Sources: Cowboys Could Rest Players
The Cowboys could rest some of their players in Saturday afternoon's game against the Eagles if the Giants beat the Jets earlier in the day, according to sources. Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware, running back Felix Jones and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff could all be sidelined. If the Giants lose to the Jets, the Cowboys can win the division with a victory over the Eagles. But if the Giants win, the Cowboys can accomplish almost nothing Saturday.
Eagles Won't Have Samuel In Must-Win Game
Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel will not play in the team's must-win game against the Cowboys on Saturday. Samuel injured his hamstring against the Jets and missed the past three practices. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will start in his place.
Jerry Jones Clarifies Comments
Jerry Jones does not regret using the word "scared" on his radio show when describing his feelings about Saturday's opponent, the Eagles. He does not believe what he said was interpreted correctly, however. "Afraid of messing up has caused me to be more conscientious, has caused me to be more prepared," Jones said outside the team's weight room following a late-morning workout Thursday. " I've said that all my life. Fear is a great motivator. Great. And especially in this sport." Jones was not attempting to send a message to his players. He was just remembering how poorly things went in the loss to the Eagles on Oct. 30.
Jerry Jones: 'I'm Scared' Of Eagles
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has admitted to a healthy dose of fear for the Eagles. Philadelphia racked up 495 total yards during a 34-7 rout of Dallas on Oct. 30. "Because it is the Eagles and after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I'm scared," Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM. "It's that kind of feeling. The respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there, so you can put that scared there if you want to. I think sometimes I know I do my best when I'm scared."
Vick: Looking Back At Season Is 'Frustrating'
At 6-8, the Eagles have a slim chance of making the playoffs as the NFC East champions. The fact that they even have a chance at this point only further showcases their early-season struggles. "You think back on the season, you get frustrated, because there were a lot of games we should have won," quarterback Michael Vick said. "And we didn't win, whether it was because of turnovers or lack of performance on offense in certain areas." Philadelphia has to win their final two games, have the Jets beat the Giants in Week 16 and then the Giants beat the Cowboys in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs. "Regardless of what happens with them," Vick said, "we still have to take care of our business. If we go out and lose the game, it doesn't really matter. It's irrelevant. It doesn't matter what happens with the Giants. It's all about us. We're not going to make the playoffs based on what other teams do. We still have to go out and win."
Report: Vick Insisted On Painkilling Injections To Play
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still bothering by two sore ribs, reportedly insisted on painkilling injections so that he could face the Jets on Sunday. Vick completed 15 of 22 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 32 yards and another score as Philadelphia kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 45-19 win.
Maclin Will Return To Face Jets
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to the field on Sunday afternoon for the team's Week 15 game against the Jets. Maclin, dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. He returned last week after missing three games with hamstring and shoulder injuries, but he wasn't able to finish last Sunday's victory over the Dolphins.
Burress Credits Vick For His Successful Return
Jets receiver Plaxico Burress credits Eagles QB Michael Vick for his successful return to football this season.
Vick Misses Practice With Sore Ribs
Sore ribs kept Michael Vick out of practice on Wednesday.
Maclin Downgraded Again For Eagles
The Eagles have downgraded wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Eagles Turn Back To Casey Matthews
The Eagles are asking linebacker Casey Matthews to return to the nickel defense this week.
Mornhinweg Praises DeSean Jackson's 'Hard Work'
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg spent Thursday praising the work ethic of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Vick Hopes Sliding Strategy Keeps Him Healthy
Michael Vick hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2006.
McCoy Could Be Eagles First Rushing Leader Since 1949
LeSean McCoy trails Maurice Jones-Drew by just three yards heading into Week 14, but McCoy has 35 fewer carries.
Reid: No One Has Told Me To Fire Castillo
It was reported over the weekend that Andy Reid could be forced to demote or fire Castillo if he wants to return for a 14th season as head coach.
DeSean Jackson Scaring Off Potential Suitors
DeSean Jackson will likely be headed for free agency this spring.
Vick Wishes He 'Could Have Done More This Year'
After an MVP caliber season in 2010, Michael Vick won just three of his nine starts this season.
Vick Practices, Expects To Face Dolphins
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick practiced Monday and said he expects to start against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Eagles Don't Plan To Fire Reid
The Eagles don't plan to fire coach Andy Reid because they know it would be very difficult to replace him with someone better.
Celek: 'The World's Laughing At' Eagles
The Eagles have to win out just to finish the season at 8-8.
Asomugha Suffered Concussion In Loss
Nnamdi Asomugha's disappointing season in Philadelphia continues.
Reid Defends Jackson, Denies 'Commotion'
Andy Reid defended embattled receiver DeSean Jackson yet again on Friday.
McCoy: Eagles 'Let All The Small Things' Affect Them
LeSean McCoy entered Week 13 as the NFL's leading rusher, but the Eagles are just 4-8.
DeSean Jackson Refuses To Answer Questions About His Frustration
DeSean Jackson was seen ignoring Vince Young on the sideline and working out with lineman instead of his fellow wide receivers.
Lynch Leads Seahawks To Win Over Eagles
The Seahawks beat the Eagles 31-14 on Thursday night.