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After being waived by Eagles, DeAndre Carter claimed by Houston Texans

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After being waived by Eagles, DeAndre Carter claimed by Houston Texans

If the Eagles were planning on bringing DeAndre Carter back to their practice squad, they won’t be able to now. 

Because of his status in the league, Carter was subject to waivers and the Houston Texans have claimed the 25-year-old receiver/return man. 

Carter had never been on an NFL 53-man roster before this season and now he was valuable enough that a different team wanted to claim him. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it means he won’t be back right now. 

The Eagles waived Carter on Tuesday, which signaled that Darren Sproles is set to return. Doug Pederson said on Wednesday that he expects Sproles to play Sunday, which means the Eagles no longer needed Carter as a punt returner. And after signing Golden Tate, they were carrying six receivers instead of five. 

During his time with the Eagles this season, Carter caught two passes for 21 yards, but became the team’s primary punt and kick returner. He averaged 20.4 yards per kick return and 10.3 yards per punt return. 

As the Texans claimed Carter, they released return man Tyler Ervin, who had been averaging just 8.3 yards per punt return. It seems like the Texans think they found an upgrade. 

Earlier in the season when the Eagles waived Carter, he cleared waivers and was then added to their practice squad. That won’t happen this time, but he’ll be able to get some playing time with a different NFL team, one that has won six straight games. 

The Eagles host the Texans in Week 16 at the Linc.

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

On this edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro recap the debacle in New Orleans. 

Who should own the most responsibility for the loss? Are there coaches already on the hot seat?

Roob gives some rather forgettable stats. However, is there hope for a division title with the injury to Alex Smith?

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1:00 - What happened?
6:00 - Doug Pederson and Mike Groh overmatched without Frank Reich?
11:00 - Saints were playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" often.
13:00 - Alarming lack of takeaways from the defense.
17:00 - Doug deserves most of the blame.
22:00 - Carson Wentz deserves criticism.
28:30 - With Alex Smith gone for the season, do the Eagles have a shot at the division?
34:00 - Some forgettable stats from Sunday's loss.
39:30 - How was New Orleans?

Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

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Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

The Eagles are hurting emotionally and physically, Doug Pederson said, after their 48-7 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. 

Let’s dive into the physical portion now. 

Six Eagles left Sunday’s game early with injuries. Pederson was asked about all of them in a rapid-fire question to start his Monday morning press conference. 

“That’s a big list,” he said. “Big list, big list, big list.”

Here are those updates: 

• Long snapper Rick Lovato suffered a concussion and is in the NFL’s concussion protocol 

• Jordan Hicks (calf) is week to week

• Sidney Jones (hamstring) is week to week 

• Avonte Maddox (knee) is day to day 

• Rasul Douglas (knee) is day to day

• Jason Kelce (elbow) is “fine” 

Even though Pederson said Maddox is day to day, that’s somewhat hard to believe. Maddox’s injury looked nasty and he was seen walking away from the building Monday morning with a significant limp. 

Normally, when Pederson calls someone “week to week,” they’re going to miss some time. That’s where Hicks and Jones are. Pederson said Jones had healed completely from his hamstring injury but suffered a new injury. 

If Lovato can’t play this coming Sunday, linebacker Nate Gerry is the team’s backup. He long-snapped in college and was warming up on the sideline Sunday night. 

In light of the rash of injuries, Pederson was asked about his trust in the team’s medical staff. Pederson was defensive about this topic and said there’s “no problem.”

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