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Eagles Injury Update: Alshon Jeffery not ready to return yet; Jason Peters and Jason Kelce OK

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Eagles Injury Update: Alshon Jeffery not ready to return yet; Jason Peters and Jason Kelce OK

Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace played nearly every snap in Thursday night's 18-12 win over the Falcons. 

Get used to it.

Because it seems like Alshon Jeffery isn't quite ready to return just yet. 

This is the first time Jeffery has publicly talked about his injury in months. He's still recovering from surgery he had on his rotator cuff after last season. Missing Jeffery for a few games is a decent trade-off considering he played all of last season with the injury and helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl. 

But without Jeffery and with Carson Wentz, who could reportedly be out until October, the Eagles might need to lean on their defense, which led them to a win in Week 1. 

"As you guys are seeing, the defense is playing extremely well," head coach Doug Pederson said. "You lean on that just a little bit. ... I think early in the season, defense, special teams, kind of keep teams in ballgames and allows the offense to get its legs and catch up. That's what we have to do."

There is some good news for the offense, though. Jason Peters and Jason Kelce, two of the most important pieces on the offensive line, are OK. 

Kelce left the game for one snap just before the end of the first half as Isaac Seumalo came in for a kneel down. Pederson says Kelce is fine. 

"He was evaluated at halftime and wasn't quite sure he was going to start the second half," Pederson said. "He said he was good to go and ended up playing and playing well. He'll be fine." 

As for Peters, he missed one snap on the last offensive drive of the game and actually walked inside to the locker room. 

"No injury," Pederson said. "It's been a long while since he's played, so he just ... a little fatigue at the end of the game so we just kept him out."

Phew. 

When the Eagles get back to practice next week, they'll have one decision to make as Nigel Bradham and newly-acquired Deiondre' Hall come off the suspended list. 

After putting Mack Hollins on IR Thursday, the Eagles need to find just one roster spot to open. There's a good chance it could be safety Tre Sullivan; the Eagles probably don't need five safeties on the roster. 

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Dallas Cowboys reportedly adding Pro Bowl rusher Everson Griffen

Dallas Cowboys reportedly adding Pro Bowl rusher Everson Griffen

The Cowboys' defensive line just got a lot more dangerous.

And the Andre Dillard hot seat got a lot hotter.

Everson Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl edge rusher over the last decade with the Vikings, has agreed to contract terms with the Cowboys, according to NFL Network.

Griffen had 74 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons in Minnesota. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2014, his 57.0 sacks are 9th-most in the NFL.

For virtually all of his tenure with the Vikings - which began under one-time Eagles assistant coach Leslie Frazier - Griffen has lined up on the defensive right side, the quarterback’s blind side, which means he faces the opposing left tackle.

In the Eagles' case, that would be Dillard.

Dillard, the Eagles' 2019 first-round pick, started three games at left tackle last year and one game at right tackle but goes into 2020 as the projected starter at left tackle following a decade of Jason Peters. 

In four career regular-season games against the Eagles, Griffen does not have a sack. He faced Peters in all four. He also went sackless in the 2017 NFC Championship Game facing Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Griffen made Pro Bowls after the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 seasons.

Griffen joins a loaded Cowboys defensive front that already includes Demarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford outside and Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe inside and Aldon Smith back after a long layoff.

Lawrence has 30 sacks over the last three years and is a two-time Pro Bowler, although he only had 5.0 sacks last year. McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowler, has 59 1/2 career sacks, fourth-most among active NFL interior linemen.

Griffen and McCoy are two of nine active NFL players with at least five sacks in each of the last eight seasons. 

Poe, a two-time Pro Bowler, has 20 1/2 sacks, and Crawford has 23 sacks in five years as a starter.

The Cowboys also get former all-pro edge rusher Aldon Smith back after a four-year absence. Smith had 47 1/2 sacks from 2011 through 2015, including 19 1/2 in 2012.

The Cowboys' 2019 sack leader, Robert Quinn, who had 11 1/2, is now with the Bears.

The Cowboys have had three or fewer sacks in their last 10 games against the Eagles, recording just 18 sacks in those 10 games. 

The Eagles and Cowboys are scheduled to face each other on Nov. 1 at the Linc and Dec. 27 in Texas.

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NFL Rumors: Former Eagles DL Tim Jernigan finds a new home for 2020 season

NFL Rumors: Former Eagles DL Tim Jernigan finds a new home for 2020 season

Former Eagles defensive lineman and Super Bowl LII champion Tim Jernigan is returning to the AFC.

The 27-year-old defensive tackle is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Garafolo clarified that the deal isn't done just yet, but Jernigan visited with the team on Wednesday, and barring something unforeseen, Jernigan will spend his seventh year in the league with the Jags:

Jernigan joined the Eagles in a 2017 trade with Baltimore - which also netted the Eagles Rasul Douglas  - and played 28 games over three seasons in Philly. His 2018 was derailed by back surgery, and he appeared in just three games that season. He compiled 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss during his time with the Birds.

Once viewed by the organization as a possible long-term piece on the defensive line, Jernigan signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Eagles in November of 2017. But the Eagles declined the option on his deal after the 2018 season, before bringing him back on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million.

The two sides parted ways after the 2019 season.

Interestingly, Jernigan was previously set to sign a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Texans during free agency this offseason, until the deal fell apart in June, seemingly in part because of his injury history. It's currently unclear how Jernigan's prospective deal with the Jaguars compares to his reported agreement with the Texans.

Jernigan started in all three playoff games during the Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl run, and is credited with a pair of quarterback hits on Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII (the Eagles won, 41-33).

Jernigan was the Ravens' second-round pick in 2014.

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