My first thought: What did Anthony Lee do to his hair?
My second thought, following Temple's 76-61 win over Villanova at the Pavilion last night: Yo, Ant -- can I get a shot of your head?
Lee, a 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore who wears No. 3 and had "TU3" shaved into the side of his head, scored 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting in 26 minutes.
For reasons extending beyond the game, and related directly to Fran Dunphy, that was a good thing:
"I got the TU last night," Lee said after the game, attributing it to "Temple pride."
As he started talking about it, Dunphy rolled his eyes and looked in the opposite direction, briefly at appearing to focus on the ceiling.
"It's kinda of funny, because I thought coach Dunphy was gonna say something about it at shootaround, but he just kinda left me alone. I feel like if I had played bad, he might have said something.
"(Junior transfer) Dalton Pepper actually dared me to do it, because he had like, you know, like a mullet-type haircut ... So I just thought I'd do something to represent the school."
Asked when he was getting letters shaved in his head, Dunphy replied:
"Not any time soon."
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Right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood were both back at Eagles practice Tuesday.
Johnson missed the Panthers game with a concussion he suffered against Cardinals, and Smallwood missed the last two games after hurting his knee against the Chargers.
Practice was closed Tuesday and the Eagles are not required to release an injury report until Thursday because of the long week, but a team official confirmed that Johnson practiced — which means he was cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol by an approved neurosurgeon.
Johnson was not in the locker room during the period it was open to the media, but Smallwood said he did practice without limitations and hopes to play against the Redskins Monday night.
"It's been coming along," Smallwood said. "Felt good these past couple days, since really after the Carolina game it started feeling good. I was full-go today, I practiced with the guys. ... I wasn't limited at all. It really didn't bother me much. I felt good today. Hopefully, later on in the week, I'll feel better as the week goes and I'll be playing Monday. I think I should be ready."
Smallwood rushed for 113 yards with a 3.9 average and caught seven passes for 56 yards in four games before getting hurt early in the Chargers game.
"Wendell obviously brings a lot to the table," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "He's that thrashing, downhill runner. He's got some explosiveness. He's a three-down back, he's good out of the backfield, he's really good in protection. It brings all those things."
Smallwood said he played "on adrenaline" with the injury but said his knee swelled up during the game.
Injuries have married Smallwood's career. He missed the last three games last year with a knee injury and missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury.
"I get frustrated a lot when I'm not in the game, not being out there to help and progress as the year goes on," he said. "So it frustrates me.
"But it happens. I've just got to suck it up and not pay attention to it. Just know I can bounce back and just try to get on the field as fast as I can."
Smallwood said he expects to be 100 percent Monday night in a huge divisional game against the Redskins at the Linc.
"I believe so," he said. "I'm not going to hold back any. I'm not going to think about it or get nervous. I have that confidence in myself. As the week's gone on, I just started feeling better about what I'm able to do."
Also, rookie cornerback Sidney Jones, who became eligible to practice Wednesday after spending the first six weeks on the reserve-non football injury list, said he did not practice. Jones has been out since suffering a torn Achilles at his pro day in March.