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Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, De'Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett stay inside during national anthem

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, De'Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett stay inside during national anthem

FOXBORO, Mass. — After raising his fist during the national anthem last week, Malcolm Jenkins stayed in the tunnel for Thursday night's anthem.

Jenkins was joined by De’Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett, who both also stayed inside during the anthem. Jenkins ran out with Bausby just after it ended and Bennett walked out a little later.

Jenkins and Bausby raised their fists last week as a demonstration against racial injustice, police brutality and the need for criminal justice reform in the United States. Jenkins continued his protest that had been halted toward the end of last season. 

While the NFL has put fines on hold with its new anthem policy, the policy states players must either stand respectfully or remain inside during the anthem. 

Jenkins spoke to NBC Sports Philadelphia earlier this week about being the face of the movement despite the negativity that comes his way (see story).

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Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

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Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

The Eagles are hurting emotionally and physically, Doug Pederson said, after their 48-7 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. 

Let’s dive into the physical portion now. 

Six Eagles left Sunday’s game early with injuries. Pederson was asked about all of them in a rapid-fire question to start his Monday morning press conference. 

“That’s a big list,” he said. “Big list, big list, big list.”

Here are those updates: 

• Long snapper Rick Lovato suffered a concussion and is in the NFL’s concussion protocol 

• Jordan Hicks (calf) is week to week

• Sidney Jones (hamstring) is week to week 

• Avonte Maddox (knee) is day to day 

• Rasul Douglas (knee) is day to day

• Jason Kelce (elbow) is “fine” 

Even though Pederson said Maddox is day to day, that’s somewhat hard to believe. Maddox’s injury looked nasty and he was seen walking away from the building Monday morning with a significant limp. 

Normally, when Pederson calls someone “week to week,” they’re going to miss some time. That’s where Hicks and Jones are. Pederson said Jones had healed completely from his hamstring injury but suffered a new injury. 

If Lovato can’t play this coming Sunday, linebacker Nate Gerry is the team’s backup. He long-snapped in college and was warming up on the sideline Sunday night. 

In light of the rash of injuries, Pederson was asked about his trust in the team’s medical staff. Pederson was defensive about this topic and said there’s “no problem.”

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Eagles snap counts: Depleted defense relying on deep backups

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Eagles snap counts: Depleted defense relying on deep backups

The Eagles were lit up by Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense Sunday afternoon. 

It didn’t help that the Birds had a bunch of random guys out there trying to stop one of the best offenses we’ve ever seen. 

The Eagles on Sunday got 147 combined snaps from five defensive players who weren’t on the roster to start the season! 

Cre’Von LeBlanc: 44 (63 percent)
T.Y. McGill: 30 (43 percent)
Chandon Sullivan: 26 (37 percent)
De’Vante Bausby: 24 (34 percent)
Treyvon Hester: 23 (33 percent)

That’s pretty wild. The guy who has been on the roster the longest of that group is Hester, who was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 2. Sullivan was promoted Oct. 25. LeBlanc was claimed Nov. 5. T.Y. McGill signed on Nov. 6. And Bausby was promoted Nov. 17. 

Other defensive snap count notes

• Obviously, the secondary was a mess with injuries. Rasul Douglas played 51 before going down. Sidney Jones played 22 snaps before his hamstring injury. And Avonte Maddox played just 17 snaps before his injury. 

• Michael Bennett and Brandon Graham each played 42 snaps. Chris Long played 39 snaps and Josh Sweat played 20, the most of his career. 

• Jordan Hicks played 64 snaps of 70 before leaving the game with a calf injury. Before the injury, he had played every snap this season. 

Offensive snap count notes

• Josh Adams appears to be the new lead back. He got 28 of 51 snaps and was one of the very few bright spots. He had seven carries for 53 yards and caught three passes for 19. Corey Clement played 14 snaps and Wendell Smallwood played just four. That’s significant because Smallwood came into the game as the Eagles’ top rusher. 

• Golden Tate played 36 snaps (71 percent). Tate had five receptions for 48 yards. He’s a good player, but that third-round pick looks like a steeper and steeper price. 

• Dallas Goedert played just 16 snaps. In the last two games, he has played 34 snaps. In those two games, he has one target and no catches. 

• If you’re looking for another positive, Lane Johnson and Jason Peters were at least able to play all 51 offensive snaps. Jason Kelce played just six snaps before leaving with an elbow injury. 

Offense

Isaac Seumalo: 51 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Brooks: 51 (100)
Lane Johnson: 51 (100)
Jason Peters: 51 (100)
Carson Wentz: 51 (100)
Alshon Jeffery: 51 (100)
Zach Ertz: 47 (92)
Stefen Wisniewski: 45 (88)
Nelson Agholor: 44 (86)
Golden Tate: 36 (71) 
Josh Adams: 28 (55)
Dallas Goedert: 16 (31)
Corey Clement: 14 (27)
Jordan Matthews: 14 (27)
Jason Kelce: 6 (12)
Wendell Smallwood: 4 (8)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 1 (2)

Defense

Malcolm Jenkins: 70 snaps (100 percent)
Nigel Bradham: 70 (100)
Jordan Hicks: 64 (91)
Corey Graham: 61 (87)
Rasul Douglas: 51 (73)
Fletcher Cox: 49 (70)
Cre’Von LeBlanc: 44 (63)
Michael Bennett: 42 (60)
Brandon Graham: 42 (60)
Chris Long: 39 (56)
Haloti Ngata: 33 (47)
T.Y. McGill: 30 (43)
Kamu Grugier-Hill: 29 (41)
Chandon Sullivan: 26 (37)
De’Vante Bausby: 24 (34)
Treyvon Hester: 23 (33)
Sidney Jones: 22 (31)
Josh Sweat: 20 (29)
Avonte Maddox: 17 (24)
Nate Gerry: 8 (11) 
Tre Sullivan: 6 (9)

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