Eagles' Kamu Grugier-Hill relieved after fearing the worst

Eagles' Kamu Grugier-Hill relieved after fearing the worst

Kamu Grugier-Hill stood there on crutches talking about how lucky he was.

Because when he first got hurt? He thought his season was over.

When something like that happens, you think the worst,” he said. “I’m so blessed it wasn’t anything serious in that aspect. It’s going to be like any other injury, you’ve got to work back into things, but I’m very confident I’ll be back to myself very soon.

Grugier-Hill, the Eagles' fourth-year starting outside linebacker, suffered a sprained knee during practice on Saturday and is out indefinitely. He said he doesn’t know how much time he’ll miss, but he’s confident he’ll be back sooner or later.

“I’m a quick healer,” he said.

Grugier-Hill has gradually grown from a Patriots castoff trying to make the roster as a special teamer in 2016 to a starting linebacker this summer who was enjoying an exceptional training camp.

“I’m a little frustrated, just on the fact that I feel like I was having a good camp, I felt like I was truly getting the rhythm of things, proving myself to be a true starter,” he said after the Eagles’ open practice at the Linc. “Unfortunately this is the game of football, but I’ll be back soon. We have a special team and I’m super excited to be a part of it.”

Grugier-Hill started 10 games last year, but he was at his best down the stretch, as the Eagles won five of their last six games going into the postseason.

Listen to Zach Ertz on Grugier-Hill:

He’s a playmaker, he’s had a heck of a summer. I don’t think anyone knows the true length (he’ll be out) right now, I think god’s going to work in mysterious ways on this one, but Kamu was making plays. He’s had an interception it seems like every day. The dude is just so athletic as a linebacker. He’s got a different gear than everyone else I feel like on the football field at that position, and I think he just really laid his foundation of what’s going to happen when he gets back. Injuries are part of the game and you never want to see them happen, but I think we avoided the big one.

Grugier-Hill said this is the most serious injury he’s ever suffered. His streak of 40 consecutive games played going back to the middle of 2016 is fourth-longest on the team, behind only Malcolm Jenkins (85), Jason Kelce (78) and Nelson Agholor (42).

Yesterday I was super frustrated about it, but … I’m going to come back even better than I was at the beginning of camp,” Grugier-Hill said. “You think about people like (Brandon) Brooks. He’s going to have an amazing year just because of the amount of rehab he’s been doing. I can of think of it like that. I’m going to be pushing myself to limits like never before so I think I’m going to be better than even I was at camp, which is exciting for me. 

Grugier-Hill will almost certainly miss some regular-season time, but everything points to him getting back onto the field early in the season.

Even if he’s out for two months, he’d still be back by Week 5.

It’s not ideal. But it could have been a whole lot worse.

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One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

It’s “easier than ever” to attend the Super Bowl, according to a Stub Hub press release.

It may also be easier than ever to go into debt doing it.

StubHub this week announced a program that allows fans to finance ticket purchases — including Super Bowl tickets — and pay for them over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.

All at the bargain-basement price of up to 30 percent interest.

Stub Hub, in conjunction with financial firm Affirm, introduced a program this week that allows consumers to use Stub Hub to purchase tickets and during the check-out process elect to finance the purchase through Affirm. 

Although ticket buyers can use Affirm for most Stub Hub purchase, the company is rolling out this program as a way to encourage fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets to buy them at potentially exorbitant interest rates.

According to financial web site The Balance, the average credit card interest rate as of December was 21.26 percent.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, consumers can purchase event tickets now and pay over time,” reads a joint press release from Affirm and Stub Hub. 

The StubHub-Affirm joint press release makes it sound like paying 30 percent interest is a financially sound idea: “With U.S. credit card debt at an all-time high and many consumers looking to kick off the new year with better financial habits, they’re demanding more transparent financial products that align with their interests.”

According to a CBS News story that examined the Stub Hub program, two lower-level end-zone tickets selling on Stub Hub for $15,760 on a 12-month, 30-percent loan would cost the buyer an additional $2,676 in interest.

The story also said that unlike credit cards, there’s no financial benefit for consumers to pay this sort of loan off early. 

Ted Rossman of creditcards.com appeared on CBS MoneyWatch and warned consumers against using this sort of financial plan to pay for tickets makes no financial sense.

"It is a huge risk to make any type of discretionary purchase with something that carries a rate of 10 percent to 30 percent,” Rossman said on the show, according to the CBS News story. "It's risky to buy it now and think you are going to pay it later."

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After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

Earlier this month, Jason Kelce called Brandon Brooks “the best offensive lineman in the NFL.” 

Turns out, ProFootballFocus agrees.

On Thursday, PFF named Brooks the winner of its annual Bruce Matthews Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the NFL. The Eagles were also named the best overall offensive line in the league. 

It’s an honor Brooks deserves after he was egregiously snubbed by voters for the Associated Press All-Pro team earlier this month. It was an absolute joke that Brooks wasn’t even named to the second team. No disrespect to Zack Martin or Marshal Yanda but Brooks was better than both of them this year. 

There’s no doubt that Brooks is the best right guard in the NFL. PFF thinks he’s the best overall OL in the league too. 

Here’s what they said about him:

“Brooks has been a perennially underrated player throughout his NFL career, whether it was playing in Houston or Philadelphia. Aside from a rookie season in which he played just 173 snaps, he has earned overall PFF grades of at least 74.0 every season since. Four of those six seasons before this one saw him top 80.0 overall, but this year he took his game to another level, earning an overall grade of 92.9. For years we have been making the case that he deserves Pro Bowl, and then All-Pro, recognition, and now he deserves to be acknowledged as the best offensive linemen in the game.”

While opinions are split on ProFootballFocus, their evaluations for offensive linemen are incredibly valuable. PFF has been able to give stats to a position that was previously stat-less. No, they don’t necessarily know assignments or the exact designs of plays, but they grade each and every play and that detailed analysis can take some of the human element out of giving these awards. 

When the All-Pro voters made their selections, they picked two guys at right guard in Martin and Yanda who have a longer history of playing at an elite level. PFF doesn’t care about that. They did their game-by-game, play-by-play evaluations and came to the conclusion that no other offensive lineman was better than Brooks this season. 

According to PFF, Brooks gave up just one sack and and 19 pressures on 647 pass snaps. That’s pretty impressive. But it’s even more impressive that Brooks was that dominant eight months after suffering a torn Achilles. 

For the start of next season, Brooks will be coming off a shoulder surgery, but there’s no doubt he should be able to return to his dominant form in 2020. 

The Eagles know what they have in Brooks. They signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a four-year extension during the season that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL and will keep him in Philadelphia through 2024.

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