Doug Pederson talks trades ahead of Tuesday deadline

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Doug Pederson talks trades ahead of Tuesday deadline

As Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline rapidly approaches, it would make some sense if the Eagles pulled off a deal. 

After all, they're a 7-1 team that has lost some key players to injury and if a team was ever going to add at the deadline, it seems like these Eagles fit the bill. 

But things are going pretty well. And head coach Doug Pederson admitted on Monday afternoon that he would be concerned about a trade affecting the chemistry of the team. 

"That's why you have to be careful, I think," Pederson said. "It's gotta be the right fit. It can't just be anybody. From my standpoint, you don't want to disrupt the chemistry that is going on in the dressing room right now. Those guys are playing with a lot of confidence and they're rallying around each other so it would have to be a pretty special fit to make it work."

While Pederson was seemingly worried about the chemistry issue, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of a trade and mentioned the team's scouting department is always looking for talent around the league. 

The Eagles have lost Darren Sproles, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks this season, so replacing one of them in a trade would make some sense. 

"I like where we're at right now with our roster, the way guys are playing," Pederson said. "We're always looking, obviously. I'm not going to leave it out of the question. But again, the guys that we have in this locker room, we have a lot of confidence in and we go forward from there."

It would be a little difficult for the Eagles to fit any sizable contract under the cap. According to NFLPA records, they have just $4.7 million of cap space. The salary cap is one of the reasons that the NFL's trade deadline rarely produces a ton of excitement. 

Still, they have a de facto GM in Howie Roseman who isn't afraid to make trades and a situation that would really seem to lend itself to pulling that trigger. 

Pederson said he's just focused on facing the Broncos on Sunday but would be brought into conversations about potential trades if they come up. 

"Again, it would have to be a dynamic fit," Pederson said. "It would have to be somebody who would help the team. It would have to be such a fit that you don't disrupt the locker room and where guys are."

Best of NFL: Cowboys offense sputters again in loss to Chargers

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Best of NFL: Cowboys offense sputters again in loss to Chargers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.

Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown as the Chargers (5-6) moved within 1 1/2 games of AFC West-leading Kansas City after starting 0-4 while the Chiefs won their first five.

The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) lost their third straight by at least 20 points, all without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, in a damaging defeat for their fading playoff hopes.

Dallas, playing its 50th Thanksgiving game, finally ended a touchdown drought at a team-record 10 quarters on Rod Smith's 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Keenan Allen had a career-high 172 yards on 11 catches with a touchdown, giving him 23 grabs for 331 yards and three scores in the past two games.

Vikings beat Lions, stay on Eagles' heels
DETROIT — Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score all in the first half to give the Minnesota Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to beat the Detroit Lions 30-23 Thursday.

The Vikings (9-2) took a huge step toward winning the NFC North, taking a three-game lead over the second-place Lions.

Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage.

Keenum was 21 of 30 for 282 yards with both TD passes to Kyle Rudolph that gave the Vikings a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter.

The Lions rallied to pull within four points early in the fourth quarter on Matthew Stafford's second TD pass to Marvin Jones.

Xavier Rhodes ended Detroit's comeback hopes with an interception at the Detroit 37 late in the game (see full recap). 

Eagles injury report: Jake Elliott still in concussion protocol

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Eagles injury report: Jake Elliott still in concussion protocol

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol but it looks likely that he’ll be able to play on Sunday.

Elliott was a full participant in Thursday’s practice after being a limited participant on Wednesday. In Phase 4 of the concussion protocol, players are allowed to participate in non-contact drills.

Elliott suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday’s game in Dallas and the team played the second half without a kicker. If Elliott can’t play against the Bears the Eagles will either bring back Caleb Sturgis from IR or sign an outside kicker.

While Elliott was able to practice  on Thursday, Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) did not practice. Allen has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Rodney McLeod (oblique) was a full participant on Thursday.