Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole needed to leave the sideline on a cart after being taken out by a play near the sideline late in the second quarter.
The 63-year-old position coach was standing on the sideline when linebacker Nigel Bradham took out Pierre Garcon near the sideline and Flajole was wiped out too. It looked like Flajole's head slammed into the ground. It took a few minutes before he even sat up.
Players and coaches gathered around the coach as trainers checked him out. Eventually, Flajole was helped to a cart that took him off the field at halftime. On one play, linebacker Najee Goode was almost late getting into the game for a play because he was standing near Flajole.
Flajole returned to the sidelines for the start of the second half.
Flajole (pronounced FLAY-juhl) joined the Eagles' coaching staff last year. He is the oldest coach on the Eagles' staff.
You'll likely remember when news of Flajole's hire broke last year, it let folks know the Eagles must have a head coach in place. Later that day, reports surfaced that Doug Pederson was hired.
Marcus Smith, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2014, was released by the Seahawks Friday, the second straight summer he’s been cut.
With just 6 1/2 sacks in 51 career games over four seasons, Smith is among the biggest first-round busts in recent NFL history.
The Eagles released Smith last July 26, and he signed with the Seahawks two days later. He played in 14 games for Seattle a year ago, tying his career high with 2 1/2 sacks.
Smith had missed practice the last two days with what coach Pete Carroll said was a personal issue.
In three years with the Eagles, the 26th pick in the 2014 draft recorded 4.0 sacks.
Some 174 players have recorded more sacks than Smith since opening day of 2014.
Smith is part of a remarkable trio of first-round defensive end busts the Eagles have drafted in the last couple decades.
Jon Harris, the 25th pick in 1997, had two career sacks. Jerome McDougle, the 15th pick in 2003, had three career sacks. And Smith has 6 1/2.
Among defensive ends drafted in the first round during the 18-year span from 1997 through 2014, Harris, McDougle and Smith have the 4th, 6th and 16th-fewest sacks.
Smith, now 26, was due an $800,000 base salary this year if he made the Seahawks’ roster. They’re on the hook for a $400,000 signing bonus they gave him in March and will now have to carry that in dead money.
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Need another reason to love Brent Celek?
Probably not — the standing ovation he got at the Sixers game in March just hours after being cut by the Eagles in March gives you a sense of the connection he has with Philadelphia fans.
But speaking with Harry Mayes and Jason Myrtreus Friday on 97.5 The Fanatic, Celek did the one thing guaranteed to get you in any Eagles fan's good graces — diss the Cowboys.
"Hell no. Do you think I would play for the Cowboys? Philly is my home," Celek said. "If they offered me 10 million, I still wouldn't go."
While Celek said back in March before being cut that he wasn't planning to retire, it sounds like his mind has shifted. He has a hard time imagining himself playing anywhere besides Philadelphia.
"I think I'm leaning more toward retirement," Celek said. "I've had a few offers, but none of them are worth leaving a city that I have been in for 11 years where I won the Super Bowl in my final year. It wouldn't feel right to put another uniform on."
Like seeing Brian Dawkins in a Broncos uniform, it would be bizarre to watch Celek suit up for another team.
If he does find a new home, we know it definitely won't be Dallas.
You can listen to the full interview with Celek here.
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