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Eagles can clinch NFC East while watching TV tonight

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Eagles can clinch NFC East while watching TV tonight

By the end of tonight, the Eagles might be NFC East champions. 

If the Cowboys lose to Washington (or tie) on Thursday Night Football, the Eagles will officially clinch the division title for the first time since 2013. 

If the Cowboys win, the Eagles can still clinch the division this weekend with a win (or tie) in Seattle. 

The Eagles are the only team in the NFL that can clinch a playoff berth this weekend. If they do, it will be the earliest any team has clinched the NFC East since ... 2004.

But even if it doesn't happen this weekend, barring a complete meltdown from the Eagles and resurgence from the Cowboys, the Eagles are going to win the division. In order for them to miss the NFC East title, the Eagles would need to lose out and the Cowboys would need to win out. Not gonna happen. 

"Obviously it's one of our goals to win the NFC East, but the bigger message is you're still playing and fighting for home field," head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday. "You're fighting for that first-round bye if possible. I mean, there's a lot of things that you're still playing for, even though you've checked the box for your first goal. It's great, love it, but the Eagles have also won a bunch of NFC East titles here, too. We're proud of it. It's a tribute obviously to the players, but there's something bigger out there that we strive for."

At 10-1, the Eagles have the best record in the NFC and would be the No. 1 seed if the playoffs began tomorrow. But the Vikings (9-2), Rams (8-3), Saints (8-3) and Panthers (8-3) are all on their heels. 

While the Eagles have won nine straight, the Vikings are tied for the second-longest winning streak in the NFL at seven games. 

Getting back to the NFC East title, the Eagles haven't won it since Chip Kelly's first season as head coach and no team has won the division in back-to-back seasons since the Eagles won four in a row from 2001-04. With Carson Wentz entering his prime, the Eagles have a chance to duplicate that success in coming years. 

Report: Donovan McNabb named in NFL sexual harassment lawsuit

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Report: Donovan McNabb named in NFL sexual harassment lawsuit

Donovan McNabb on Monday night was mentioned in a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at the NFL Network by ex-players and a former executive producer, according to a report by Bloomberg.

McNabb, along with ex-NFL players Heath Evans, Marshall Faulk and Ike Taylor, is being accused of sexual harassment by Jami Cantor, a former female colleague at the NFL Network. Cantor's allegations are part of a wrongful termination suit filed against NFL Enterprises in which she accuses the players-turned-analysts and former executive producer Eric Weinberger of the misconduct, citing multiple incidents. Cantor was fired in October 2016, according to the report.

Evans, Faulk and Taylor have been suspended by the NFL Network while an investigation is made into the accusations.

McNabb, the former Eagles quarterback who turned 41 years old last month, is no longer working for the NFL Network and has most recently been featured on ESPN as an analyst. According to the complaint, via the report, McNabb texted Cantor explicit comments.

Per Bloomberg, McNabb representatives did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

McNabb played 11 seasons for the Eagles from 1999 to 2009 and is the franchise's all-time leader in yards passing (32,873) and touchdown passes (216).

Eagles rookie CB Sidney Jones cleared to practice

Eagles rookie CB Sidney Jones cleared to practice

On a day that will be remembered most for a player the Eagles lost to an injury (see story), they did learn that they are getting another player back after a long injury rehab.

The Eagles are finally going to get a look this week at rookie second-round pick Sidney Jones at practice. Whether he actually gets into a football game this year is still in doubt.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that nine months after he blew out his Achilles and eight months after the Eagles drafted him, Jones has finally been medically cleared to practice and will participate to some extent Wednesday when the Eagles get back to work following their win over the Rams Sunday in Los Angeles.

“We're just to the point of just want to see him out there running around, doing football activities outside of the normal workouts that he's been doing,” Pederson said Monday. “Just really changing direction and doing more football work this week.”

Jones tore his left Achilles during his pro day workout on March 11 and has spent the entire season so far on the reserve-non football injury list, which is for players with preexisting conditions dating before the first day of practice.

The Eagles had a window running from Week 7 until this week to activate Jones for practice, and once he practices on Wednesday, they’ll have 21 days to either activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the year.

The Eagles have the luxury of taking their time with Jones, thanks to the play of starting corners Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, slot corner Patrick Robinson and fourth corner Rasul Douglas.

Before his injury, Jones was projected as a first-round draft pick. The Eagles got him with the 43rd pick, but even if he doesn’t play until opening day next year, he will still be only 22 years old and under contract through 2020.

Jones had nine interceptions, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 8½ tackles for loss and 145 tackles in 40 career games for the University of Washington.

It remains to be seen where Jones will fit in next year, but Robinson, although he has played well, is due to become a free agent this offseason and turns 31 in September.

Douglas and Jones are signed through 2020, Mills through 2019 and Darby through 2018.