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Patrick Robinson's concussion could open door for another CB

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Patrick Robinson's concussion could open door for another CB

Eagles nickel cornerback Patrick Robinson is in the NFL's concussion protocol, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. 

Robinson, 30, left Sunday's game in New Jersey in the third quarter. When the play happened, it looked pretty scary. Robinson was down on the field for a few minutes while his teammates looked on concerned. 

Eventually, he got up and began walking directly into the visitors' locker room. 

The good news for the Eagles is Robinson will have an extra day to get over the concussion because they don't play again until next Monday night (Christmas Day) against the Raiders. 

In Robinson's absence, Corey Graham played a season-high 54 snaps. He came in at safety, which allowed Malcolm Jenkins to play in the slot. Jaylen Watkins also got on the field for a handful of snaps. 

Rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas wasn't even active, so he wasn't an option on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time since the opener that Douglas was inactive. Douglas played pretty well when called upon earlier this season. With the return of special teamer Bryan Braman, the Eagles had to find an active spot. 

On Monday, Pederson tried to explain why Douglas didn't dress. 

"When you look at the whole picture, special teams, you have to look at everything," Pederson said. "And then you have to look at defensively, who gives us the best value. If a safety goes down, if a corner goes down, if a nickel goes down. Of course, Jaylen Watkins is in the mix of being that guy. And we've juggled that back and forth from week to week. That was kind of the reason."

If Robinson isn't ready by Monday, Douglas would presumably be active again. 

Eagles-Jaguars London game time and date set

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Eagles-Jaguars London game time and date set

Now, everything is official.

After finding out in January the Eagles are headed to London, the NFL on Thursday morning confirmed the time and dates for its three regular-season games overseas this season.

The Eagles will square off at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28. Kick off is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

It will be the Eagles' first London game. Jacksonville has been playing in London in each of the past five seasons.

The other two games are the Titans and Chargers, played on Oct. 12, and the Seahawks and Raiders, set for Oct. 14. 

The NFL will announce its 2018 schedule Thursday night at 8 p.m.

Carson Wentz fought back against jealousy toward Nick Foles

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Carson Wentz fought back against jealousy toward Nick Foles

Was he jealous? Was he envious of Nick Foles? Carson Wentz doesn’t exactly say yes. But he doesn’t say no, either.

“You’ve got to fight that, you’ve got to fight that,” Wentz said Tuesday.

“It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be the guy. You grow up wanting to be there, but not being able to be up there, there’s nobody I’d rather have up there than Nick.”

Wentz may have been the most valuable player in the NFL, but Foles, his close friend and teammate, is the one with a Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Wentz did everything he could to support Foles once he suffered a season-ending knee injury in early December. And Foles has spoken several times about what a good teammate Wentz was.

But after leading the Eagles to a 10-2 record with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, it wasn’t the easiest thing to watch his backup achieve football immortality with a record-setting run through the postseason.

“It was pretty different but pretty special,” Wentz said. “We’ve become so close ever since he first got here. Developed a real friendship, a real relationship, more than just a working relationship, a true friendship between me and him — and Nate (Sudfeld) as well. So to go through that experience last year was pretty cool.”

For now, Foles is back with the Eagles, and depending on how fast Wentz recovers from his injury (see story), he will either begin the season backing up Wentz or starting until Wentz is ready.

This is unprecedented stuff. No quarterback has ever been a Super Bowl MVP and then been a backup on the same team the next year.

Without the right two guys, it wouldn’t work. It couldn’t work.

But Zach Ertz, who is close to both Foles and Wentz, said their unique relationship makes it possible.

“First and foremost, they have an amazing relationship with one another, and I think their faith is part of their relationship,” he said.

“They’re able to step back and just focus on the team. Both guys have no egos, especially Nick. That guy is as cool as they come. He’s a phenomenal teammate, I think everyone saw that come out last year, his ability even at the beginning of the year, what he was able to do with Carson, kind of helping him out.

“When Carson was playing, Nick would be a sounding board. So the dynamic really hasn’t changed in that regard. Even when Nick was playing, Carson did the same thing for him. So that relationship started to grow last year, and I’m assuming it’s going to be the same.”

Foles has made it clear he wants to be a starter (see story), so this could be a difficult situation. But it won’t be, Ertz promises.

“Nick is not a guy that’s going to demand anything,” he said. “Obviously, he could do some things in the best interests of his career down the road, but right now I mean the guy loves being in Philadelphia and I think he’s really having fun in playing football with this team.”