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Eagles trade Jordan Matthews, draft pick to Bills for CB Ronald Darby

Eagles trade Jordan Matthews, draft pick to Bills for CB Ronald Darby

A day after their first preseason game, the Eagles traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby.

Matthews, a free agent after the season, has been the Eagles' most productive receiver the last three years, catching 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

But with his impending free agency, the additions of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Mack Hollins, and the more glaring need at cornerback, the Eagles decided to make a deal. 

Darby, 23, was a second-round pick in 2015. In two seasons with Buffalo, he had 137 tackles and two interceptions. 

Darby had an impressive rookie season, placing second to Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. 

Pro Football Focus graded Darby that year as the fifth-best rookie cornerback since 2006, behind only Casey Hayward, Tyrann Mathieu, Joe Haden and Desmond Trufant.

As Buffalo's No. 1 corner last season, Darby didn't have as much success. Quarterbacks had a 104.8 rating when targeting him. To put that in perspective, Jalen Mills had a 97.7 passer rating against and Leodis McKelvin was at 113.0.

Darby is under contract through the end of the 2018 season. He has a cap hit of $800,426 this season and just under $1.1 million next season.

In a separate move, the Bills traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for a second-round pick and cornerback E.J. Gaines.

With Matthews gone, Nelson Agholor is expected to man the slot for the Eagles.

Jake Elliott leaves game against Cowboys with concussion

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Jake Elliott leaves game against Cowboys with concussion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Eagles are without a kicker in North Texas. 

Jake Elliott left the game against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in the first half with a concussion. He was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Elliott saved a touchdown on his opening kickoff but it looked like he took a shot at the end of the play. 

He missed a 34-yard field goal before he was taken in for evaluation. 

After Elliott left the field, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill began warming up on the sideline. His first try missed the practice netting and sailed into the stands. 

The Eagles scored a touchdown to open the second half and instead of kicking an extra point, tried a two-point conversion and succeeded. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Grugier-Hill put the ball deep but without any hang time and the Cowboys returned it to the 29-yard line. Still, not a bad kickoff for a linebacker.

Eagles Inactives: Alshon Jeffery (ankle) active against Cowboys

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Eagles Inactives: Alshon Jeffery (ankle) active against Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As expected, Alshon Jeffery is active and will play against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. 

Jeffery popped up on the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury that has been bothering him for a little while. He came into the weekend listed as questionable. 

But head coach Doug Pederson said he expected Jeffery to play and even Jeffery said he would "most definitely" play in the game. 

Zach Ertz and Ronald Darby are also returning for this game. Ertz missed the Denver game before the bye with a hamstring injury and Darby hasn't played since Week 1 in Washington. 

The Eagles' inactives are Nate Sudfeld, Shelton Gibson, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Wendell Smallwood, Will Beatty and Dannell Ellerbe. 

This is the first healthy scratch of the season for Smallwood. The only reason he was active before the bye week was because of Zach Ertz's hamstring injury that kept him out of the game. Smallwood is the biggest loser after the team brought in Jay Ajayi. 

Beatty and Ellerbe are inactive after being added to the roster last week. During the week, Pederson said he wanted them to get more time with the team before throwing them out there.

The Cowboys' inactives are Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Dan Bailey, Jeff Heath, Darren McFadden, Daniel Ross, Blake Jarwin.