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Eagles' odds to repeat as Super Bowl champions are dropping

Eagles' odds to repeat as Super Bowl champions are dropping

I hope you didn’t put those dog masks in storage yet. You’re gonna need them again. 

Because less than two weeks from the start of the regular season, the Eagles’ Super Bowl odds are dropping. They’re now the fifth favorite in the NFL to win Super Bowl LIII and the third favorite in the NFC, according to Bovada. 

Really. 

Patriots: 6/1

Rams: 17/2

Vikings: 19/2

Steelers: 19/2

Eagles: 10/1

The Eagles fell to 10/1 after they were 8/1 on May 1; back then, they were behind just the Patriots. While the Eagles fell, the Steelers, Vikings and Rams all jumped them. 

It’s not hard to figure out why there are some questions about the Eagles right now. They have injuries to several key players, including, of course, Carson Wentz. There’s still some doubt about whether or not Wentz will be ready for the opener and Nick Foles hasn’t exactly looked great this preseason. 

Still, it’s kind of a slap in the face to put the reigning Super Bowl champs as the fifth favorite to win it all, especially with how many starters are returning. As much as anything, this speaks to the depth of the NFC this season. 

As far as the rest of the NFC East: 

Cowboys: 26/1

Giants: 40/1

Redskins: 75/1

The good news for confident Eagles fans is this: If you bet on the Eagles winning it all right now, the payoff will be even better in February. So wear those underdog masks proudly. 

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Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

The Eagles on Wednesday evening signed cornerback Craig James to their practice squad. 

This was the second roster move in what might end up being a busy week for the battered Eagles, who listed 13 players on their first injury report of Week 3. 

James, 23, was just waived by the Eagles on Tuesday to create a roster spot for tight end Alex Ellis in the wake of Dallas Goedert’s injury. James cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad. 

The Eagles initially signed James to their practice squad on Sept. 2, but called him up on Sept. 11. James was active for Week 2 against the Falcons, playing one snap on defense and 11 on special teams. 

But with the injuries, keeping James on the roster was a luxury the Eagles couldn’t afford. With just three healthy receivers, the Eagles will likely need to make at least one more roster move before Sunday’s game against the Lions. 

After adding James, the practice squad is full again at 10 players and the roster is full at 53. 



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Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

His right arm already out of the sling, Corey Clement moved his arms up and down and waved to a few news cameras gathered around his locker to show off his range of motion. 

The Eagles’ running back on Wednesday afternoon was breathing a sigh of relief. 

The shoulder injury Clement suffered on the opening kickoff in the second half Sunday is not serious and he says he’s day-to-day. The sling he wore for two days was just a precautionary measure from the Eagles’ trainers. 

I’m out of the sling already,” Clement said, “so I’m really trying to keep calm, realizing that it’s still early in the season. … I know I’ll be back out there soon.

Clement is among a group of Eagles — Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert included — who were listed as day-to-day by head coach Doug Pederson earlier on Wednesday, even though none of them practiced. 

Wednesday’s injury report was an estimation because they held a walkthrough: 

Did not practice: Clement (shoulder), Goedert (calf), Jackson (abdomen), Jeffery (calf), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back) 

Limited: Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Johnathan Cyprien (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf), Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)

Full: Nate Sudfeld (wrist)

On the play where Clement was hurt, on the opening kickoff in the second half on Sunday night, he actually fumbled away the football. It was a bad time for a fumble because Atlanta took over and quickly scored a touchdown to go up 17-6.

“I was surprised the damn ball came out,” Clement said. “I was like, ‘how the Hell does that happen?’ And then I didn’t pay attention to how close I was to the ground, so that shook me up a bit.”  

When Clement first hit the ground, he was worried because he landed on his right shoulder, the same one where he tore his labrum back in 2011 at Glassboro High School. 

This injury, he said, isn’t serious at all. 

“I don’t even know what it is,” Clement said, before waving to the cameras. “I got full motion, I’m fine. I’ll be back out there soon, no worries.”

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