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Doug Pederson lightening Eagles' load this week

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Doug Pederson lightening Eagles' load this week

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

Robinson suffered a concussion during the third quarter in Sunday's game. 

The 30-year-old nickel corner will have an extra day to get through the protocol because the Eagles don't play until Monday night, on Christmas Day, against the Raiders. 

If Robinson isn't ready by then, it seems likely Rasul Douglas would be active again after being inactive against the Giants. 

Meanwhile, left guard Stefen Wisniewski is still day to day with an ankle injury. Wisniewski missed his first game Sunday as an Eagle after leaving the previous game early with that ankle injury. 

In Wiz's place, veteran Chance Warmack started and played the entire game against the Giants. While he struggled earlier in the season, Warmack played pretty well Sunday. 

"Chance graded out really well," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday. "Played well in all aspects. That was good to see. Good for us, good for him and his confidence. What we expected, but good job for Chance."

The Eagles have an extra day to prepare for the Raiders but have altered their practice schedule even more this week. Instead of a heavy week of practices, Pederson has opted for more walk-throughs to try to get his team healthy after three straight road games.

Eagles reportedly do right by Nick Foles, give him $1 million bonus

Eagles reportedly do right by Nick Foles, give him $1 million bonus

The Eagles are doing right by Nick Foles at least one more time. 

Remember when Foles got knocked out of the Eagles’ Week 17 game against the Redskins and finished just a few snaps shy of reaching a $1 million bonus? 

Well, the Eagles gave it to him anyway. 

A league source confirmed an ESPN report that the Eagles dished out the $1 million to Foles despite coming a few snaps shy of earning it naturally. 

Thanks to getting knocked out of that Washington game, Foles finished the regular season with 357 offensive snaps out of 1,092 — 32.629 percent. He needed to get to 33 percent to earn that bonus. Normally in these cases, there’s no rounding up. 

This is not a normal case. 

Because after Foles left the Week 17 game, he came back the next week and led the Eagles to a win over the Bears in Chicago in the wild-card round and played the following week in the divisional round. In the last two years, Foles has a 4-1 record in the playoffs for the Birds. 

This is a nice gesture but it doesn’t change anything about Foles’ future. The Eagles are still tying themselves to Carson Wentz long-term, which means it’s still likely Foles will be moving on, either as a free agent or through a trade. We explored all those possibilities here.

During the Eagles’ year-end press conference earlier this week, I asked Howie Roseman about how much they have to factor in Foles’ thoughts and feelings when making a decision: 

It’s always gotta be what’s best for our football team and the Philadelphia Eagles. We gotta make decisions based on that. But there’s also a respect factor for guys that have done a lot for us and have been a part of it. We try to factor that in as well. The bottom line is we gotta do what’s best for our football team to win games going forward.

It seems like we’re seeing some of that respect factor with the move to give Foles the $1 million he fell just short of earning naturally. In the Eagles’ eyes, he clearly deserves this bump, sort of like how he deserved a new contract before the 2018 season after his postseason heroics. 

The Eagles have to do what’s best for the team, but they don’t want to burn any bridges with a Super Bowl hero along the way either. 

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives his predictions for the championship round of the NFL playoffs.

Rams at Saints (NFC Championship, Sunday 3:05 p.m., FOX)
And so the top two seeds in the NFC get another shot at each other. If this one is anything like their regular season meeting in Week 9, it should be quite the shootout. In that regular season affair, the two teams combined for 80 points, 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Saints won their seventh straight game while the Rams were dealt their first loss. With the late-season addition of running back CJ Anderson, the Rams ran through the Cowboys' defense for 273 yards last weekend. Meanwhile, the Saints came out sluggish against the Eagles, finally woke up and held on to get to this point. In 2017, both teams exited the playoffs sooner than they were expecting. This time, the Rams' road to the Super Bowl ends in New Orleans.

Patriots at Chiefs (AFC Championship, Sunday 6:40 p.m., CBS)
The Patriots are like a chameleon. They adapt to their environment on both sides of the ball better than any team in the league. You don’t know what defensive front they’re going to play week to week, and on offense, when you expect them to run, they pass. Prepare to defend their passing attack and they'll run the ball. Back in Week 6, the Pats survived a 43-40 shootout.

But that was in New England. This time, the rematch is at Arrowhead Stadium, arguably the loudest football venue in the league. The Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1969 season. They haven’t been in the AFC title game since 1993. It's the GOAT, Tom Brady, vs. the new kid on the block in Patrick Mahomes, and he is electric. This is Andy Reid's fourth straight year that he’s gotten Kansas City in the playoffs. This time, Reid and his crew dance their way into Super Bowl LIII.

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