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Eagles send Corey Clement to IR, call up Boston Scott

Eagles send Corey Clement to IR, call up Boston Scott

Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is making a trip to Injured Reserve for the second straight season. 

The Eagles placed the 24-year-old running back on IR Friday with a lingering shoulder injury that hasn’t healed since he suffered it in Week 2.  

To fill his roster spot, the Eagles have promoted running back Boston Scott from the practice squad. 

Scott and Nelson Agholor are probably the most likely candidates to take over as a punt returner with Clement and Darren Sproles not available this weekend. 

Clement injured his shoulder on the muffed punt in Atlanta on Sept. 15. He missed the next game, but returned for the next two, but hasn’t played very much. In fact, even before the injury, Clement was set to have a very limited role offensively. 

The shame for Clement, is that with Darren Sproles’ quad injury (Sproles will be out at least a few weeks), he might have actually had an offensive role going forward. But as soon as that opportunity emerged, the Eagles were forced to shut Clement down for the season. 

Just two years after he had 100 receiving yards in the Super Bowl, Clement’s 2019 season is likely over after he took just three offensive snaps, all coming in the opener. 

Last week, Clement spoke like a true team player when asked about his new role with the Eagles. 

“To be honest, if you’re a team guy, it really shouldn’t be hard,” Clement said late last week. “At the end of the day, it’s really all about the ultimate goal and that’s the Super Bowl. Being on the roster and realizing I can still contribute in a way whether it’s special teams or being in the offensive scheme whenever the week may come, I’m just fortunate to still be here and really do what I can and not press the situation and not even talk about a role. Just go out there and still have fun.” 

This is now two consecutive disappointing seasons for the Glassboro, N.J. native and former undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin. As a rookie, he steadily improved as the season went on and he saved his best game for Super Bowl LII, when he caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles are heading back to Minnesota this weekend for the first time since the Super Bowl and Clement won’t be with them. 

In 2018, Clement played in 11 games as a moderate offensive contributor before a knee injury ended his season early. This means two of his first three NFL seasons have now included a trip to IR. 

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Carson Wentz speaks out against institutional racism in wake of George Floyd’s death

Carson Wentz speaks out against institutional racism in wake of George Floyd’s death

Carson Wentz doesn’t often speak out about social or racial issues but the Eagles’ franchise quarterback made a notable and worthwhile exception on Thursday evening, condemning institutional racism in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Monday. 

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis on Monday night by a police officer in an incident caught on camera. The officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time while Floyd was handcuffed. 

Wentz, who grew up in North Dakota, about six hours from Minneapolis, tweeted the following heartfelt and thoughtful message on Thursday night: 

Been thinking about the George Floyd situation and thinking of the words to say & coming up empty. All I know is that the institutional racism in this country breaks my heart and needs to stop. Can’t even fathom what the black community has to endure on a daily basis. 

Being from North Dakota, I’ve spent a large part of my life surrounded by people of similar color, so I’m never gonna act like I know what the black community goes through or even has gone through already. I’ll never know the feeling of having to worry about my kids going outside because of their skin color. 

However, I do know that we are all equal at the foot of the cross and Jesus Taught us to value others’ lives like they were our own — regardless of skin tone. 

So, this might see like a ramble — and perhaps it is. I don’t understand the society that we live in that doesn’t value all human life. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing. My prayers go out to every man, woman, and child that has to endure the effects of racism in our society. 

Shortly after Wentz’s statement, Zach Ertz sent out his own statement on the situation. 

The video of the incident shows Floyd on the ground, handcuffed, as a police officer kneels on his neck, even after Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

The four police officers involved in the incident have been fired but as of Thursday evening had not been charged with any crimes. 

The Vikings released a statement on Wednesday: 

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Monday evening just blocks from our stadium. Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe. Our thoughts are with the George Floyd family and all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy."

Wentz and Ertz’s speaking out is also notable, frankly, because they’re white athletes. Many minority athletes have spoken out since Floyd’s death but having star white athletes join them is very important. 

Back when Malcolm Jenkins was raising his fist during the National Anthem to demonstrate against social and racial inequality and injustice, Chris Long began to put his arm around Jenkins in a show of solidarity. Long, at the time, told Jenkins that more white men needed to be allies in the fight. 

Wentz and Ertz positioned themselves as allies on Thursday night. 

While Wentz has been very philanthropic during his four-year NFL career, he has mostly steered clear of any social, racial or political statements. He made a worthwhile exception here, using his platform to call out something that is clearly wrong, disturbing and sadly not unfathomable. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Where does Carson Wentz rank among NFL QBs?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Where does Carson Wentz rank among NFL QBs?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro debate Carson Wentz’s rank among all starting NFL quarterbacks. 

Plus, the guys go over the new rules that passed and the big one that didn’t. Which rules would they implement? 

Roob takes a look at the Eagles’ lack of young talent and the guys continue Better or Worse with a deep dive at receiver. 

It’s all here: 

  • (1:50) — Carson Wentz's ranking among starting QBs
  • (17:38) — Eagles' proposed onside kick alternative doesn't get approved
  • (26:12) — The 10 best Eagles under 25-years-old
  • (33:39) — Best Eagles to never make a Pro Bowl
  • (42:14) — Better or Worse: Receiver

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