Dannell Ellerbe inactive for NFC Championship Game

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Dannell Ellerbe inactive for NFC Championship Game

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is inactive for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. 

Ellerbe (hamstring) was the only Eagles' player to come into the week listed as questionable. He missed Wednesday's practice and was limited Thursday and Friday.  

With Ellerbe out, it's likely veteran Najee Goode will be the Eagles' MIKE linebacker in their base package. 

Joining him on the Eagles' inactive list: Wendell Smallwood, Marcus Johnson, Elijah Qualls, Steven Means, Sidney Jones and Will Beatty.

The only difference from last week is Ellerbe is out and Destiny Vaeao is active. 

The Vikings will have WR Adam Thielen (lower back), S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) and CB Mackensie Alexander (rib, illness). As expected, all three are active after coming into the weekend listed as questionable. Thielen will play despite reportedly suffering small back fractures. 

Meanwhile, the Vikings are without third DT Shamar Stephen (knee/ankle). He missed practice all week and was ruled out Friday. 

Here are the Vikings' inactives: QB Kyle Sloter, QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Mack Brown, G Danny Isidora, C Cornelius Edison, DE Tashawn Bower and DT Shamar Stephen. 

Vaeao is active after being inactive last week. Still, expect Fletcher Cox to play a lot in this game. 

With Beatty down, the Eagles have Chance Warmack and Isaac Seumalo as their backup linemen. Warmack is the top backup guard and Seumalo is the top backup tackle.

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

Former GM would demand king's ransom for Nick Foles

The Super Bowl champion Eagles face a multitude of tough decisions this offseason. 

The toughest is what to do with Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles. With franchise QB Carson Wentz recovering from a serious knee injury, the situation becomes more complicated.

Longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian essentially thinks Foles is untouchable.

Two first-round and two second-round picks would be a doozy of an offer for a quarterback who has one year left under contract. But that speaks to how highly Polian values Foles and the idea of having a top-notch backup QB on a contending team.

Former Eagles LB turned TV host Dhani Jones is in the same boat as Polian, saying he believes that Foles should be the starter, even if Wentz is healthy by Week 1.

Check out Jones' opinion in the video above.

Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

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Key staff member of 19 years leaves Eagles

While the Eagles have been figuring out their new-look coaching staff, one of the more important people in the NovaCare Complex is leaving.

Head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his role with the team.

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the Eagles said in a statement.

Peduzzi took over as head trainer after Rick Burkholder went to Kansas City with Andy Reid in 2013. But Peduzzi had been with the Eagles in some capacity since 1999, when he joined the franchise as an assistant trainer.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly. I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions.

"However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off. This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future. I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”