The Eagles will have a new quarterback this weekend, but they might not be able to protect him as well as they hope.
Starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski will officially be listed as questionable for Sunday's game because of an ankle injury.
Wiz had to leave the Rams game in the first half and did not return. He missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday.
"We'll see where he's at today," head coach Doug Pederson said on Friday.
After Wisniewski came out of the Rams game, he was replaced by Chance Warmack, who was then replaced by Isaac Seumalo.
It sounds like Warmack will have the first chance to play this weekend if Wisniewski can't go.
"We've worked Chance at that position this week," Pederson said. "Isaac has obviously gotten some reps really at all the positions but that would be the most logical."
Seumalo actually began the season as the team's starting left guard after he won the position in the offseason. From there, Warmack got the first crack at replacing him when he was benched, but Warmack couldn't keep the job, eventually giving way to a rotation before Wisniewski simply took over. The line has been much better since Wiz took over the starting job in Week 3.
Alshon Jeffery and Steven Means, who both missed Thursday's practice with illnesses, will be back on the practice field on Friday. Both should be fine for this weekend's game.
The Eagles will practice outside in 28-degree weather on Friday as they prepare for Sunday's outdoor game at MetLife Stadium.
No word on the condition of the recycling can Jason Kelce kicked inside the bubble after getting cleated on Thursday. At least the outdoor practice will give it another day of rest.
We’ll have to wait a little longer for the next bit of news in the Michael Bennett case.
While Monday was originally supposed to be a preliminary hearing date for the felony injury to the elderly charge against Bennett, court records show the date has been pushed back.
Earlier this month, the arraignment date was rescheduled for May 18 at 9:30 a.m.
That new arraignment date will be creeping close to the start of OTAs for the Eagles. OTAs are scheduled to begin on May 22. (May 22-24, May 31-June 1, June 4-7). Bennett was acquired in a trade with the Seahawks this offseason, so this would be his first chance to practice with his new teammates and in a new defense.
Bennett, 32, is facing a felony charge for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic female worker last Feb. 5 after Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bennett’s lawyer Rusty Hardin has vehemently denied his client is guilty in the slightest.
“He just didn’t do it,” Hardin said to NBC Sports Philadelphia last month (see story).
After announcing the charges, Houston police chief Art Acevedo called Bennett “morally bankrupt.” Last week, Eagles safety and Bennett’s friend Malcolm Jenkins, said he thought it sounded like police were trying to make an example of Bennett.
According to court documents, the defense has issued subpoena applications for several companies, requesting documents and items, including video from security cameras in the southwest tunnel of NRG Stadium. The Houston police chief, when he announced the charge, said there was no video of the incident.
Howie Roseman has made another move to create some salary cap this season.
This time, the Eagles have restructured the contract of Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks. Brooks said he’ll get $4 million now and another $4 million by Sept. 1. He’ll also receive $980,000 over the season.
According to the initial report from ESPN, the Eagles created $6.37 million with the move.
Brooks’ reworked deal allowed the Eagles to give Nick Foles a pay bump and should also allow them to pay their draft class down the line. Brooks said he restructured to make sure Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, got what he deserved.
This isn’t the first time the Eagles have done this in the last few months. They also did it with the contracts of Lane Jonson and Zach Ertz. Basically, Brooks isn’t taking a pay cut or getting a raise, he’s just getting some money up front as the Eagles move some money around.
In some ways, the Eagles are pushing their problems off to future days, but they have a team that can win a Super Bowl in 2018. And Roseman is pretty good at this cap stuff.
Brooks was set to have the second-highest cap number on the team this year at over $11 million. Now the Eagles have three players with cap hits over $10 million in 2018: Fletcher Cox ($17.9M), Jason Peters ($10.6M) and Malcolm Jenkins ($10.1M).
Before the move, the Eagles had around $1.6 million in cap space, so after the move, they’ll have over $7 million, which will be more than enough to pay their draft class this summer.