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Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo happy to be on this side now

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Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo happy to be on this side now

When veteran safety Andrew Sendejo signed his one-year deal with the Eagles on Thursday, it might have very well been his first happy memory in Philly. 

The 31-year-old has only played in Lincoln Financial Field twice.

He was a part of the Vikings team that got demolished 38-7 in the 2017 NFC Championship Game. 

And then last year, even though the Vikings got a win over the Eagles, Sendejo suffered a season-ending groin injury at the Linc in Week 5. 

“Obviously being an opponent coming here has always been tough, so I’m looking forward to being of the good side of that now,” Sendejo said on a conference call with Philly reporters on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m excited to just be here and have the fans cheering for me as opposed to screaming obscenities at me.”

Fans will probably most remember Sendejo as the speed bump on LeGarrette Blount’s touchdown run early in the second quarter of the 2017 championship game. 

What was it like to be on that side of the play? 

“Did you watch the play?” Sendejo fired back.

Yup. 

“Well, then you know exactly what it felt like then.” 

OK then. 

Sendejo came into the league as an undrafted player in Dallas but joined the Vikings in his second NFL season and worked his way up as a special teamer first and then as a starter. He spend his last four seasons as a full-time starter. His streak as a starter, barring something unforeseen, is surely going to stop in 2019. 

The Eagles still have Malcolm Jenkins, who is one of their top players and leaders on defense. So he’s not getting bumped. And then Rodney McLeod reworked his deal to stay with the Eagles this season. He’s going to start next to Jenkins. 

But with Corey Graham gone, that leaves the very important third safety role up for grabs. Sendejo will either just take that role for himself or will split time with Tre Sullivan, who came on strong toward the end of last season. Sendejo said the Eagles haven’t yet discussed role with him yet. 

“I’m not going to make decisions on the depth chart or who goes where, I’m just here to help us win wherever I can do that,” he said. “If you want to ask about the depth chart or whatever, you can call Coach Pederson and he’ll probably be able to answer that question. I’m just happy to be here, happy to be with these guys, get to know these guys.”

Full disclosure: I didn’t call Doug. But we’ll talk with him next week for an hour at the owners meetings and we’ll try to get a better idea of what the Eagles’ secondary will look like this year.  

Sendejo said one of the things that drew him to the Eagles was the way the franchise has been able to overcome adversity over the last two years. They did it with a lot of will power, but also with talented role players. Sendejo is now in the mix as one of them. 

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Add Ronald Darby to the list of injured Eagles

Add Ronald Darby to the list of injured Eagles

Starting cornerback Ronald Darby popped up on the Eagles’ injury report Friday with a hip flexor strain and is questionable for the Eagles’ game Sunday against the Redskins.

Darby wasn’t on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday and was a full participant in practice. He’s listed as a limited participant on Friday, which likely means he either got hurt during practice or an injury he suffered Monday night against the Giants got worse.

In either case, it’s yet another injury for an injury-riddled team. The only defensive players to start all 13 games are Malcolm Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Rodney McLeod.

The Eagles do have some depth at cornerback, since they’re carrying seven corners on the 53-man roster.

Jalen Mills is expected to be OK for Sunday after hurting his elbow in the Giants game. He was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday.

Rasul Douglas would likely be the starter opposite Mills if Darby can’t play. Douglas has started 17 games in his three-year career, including five earlier this year.

Avonte Maddox can play outside but has been in the slot for the nine games he’s been healthy, averaging 46 snaps per game. Sidney Jones, who started four games earlier this year, is also available. Cre’Von LeBlanc is being brought back slowly after being on IR most of the year, and Craig James hasn’t played a defensive snap in nearly two months.

Darby missed half of the 2017 season with an ankle injury, half of last year with a torn ACL and four games earlier this year with a hamstring injury. He’s played only 29 of a possible 50 games since he got here in the summer of 2017.

The Eagles have don’t have a cornerback who’s played defense in every game this year. They’ve used eight different combinations of starting corners in 13 games.

The Eagles signed the 25-year-old Darby to a one-year contract worth $6.5 million. He has two interceptions in nine starts.

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Eagles vs. Redskins 2019: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

Eagles vs. Redskins 2019: TV schedule, storylines, game time and more

The Eagles (6-7) are visiting the Redskins (3-10) at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon. 
 
Here’s everything you need to know:  

•12 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
•1 p.m.: Eagles at Redskins on FOX 
•4 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP 
•10 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP 
 
The FOX broadcast crew for this game is Thom Brennaman (play by play), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Shannon Spake (sideline). You can also stream the game on FuboTV.
 
Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP. 
 
The Eagles opened as 6-point favorites in some places but that has slipped to around 4 1/2 points. The over/under is 39. 

The referee for Eagles-Redskins is second-year referee Shawn Smith. This is his first game reffing an Eagles game. The Eagles were 2-1 with him as an umpire in 2016 and 2017. 

Keep it going

The Eagles got off to a terrible start against the Giants last week before they turned it around, scoring the last 20 points of the game and getting a huge overtime win. So which team shows up on Sunday? The team that fell behind 17-3 to the Giants or the team that rallied to a win? 

It’ll be key for the Eagles to find what works for Carson Wentz in this game a little earlier. They got him into rhythm last week, but that didn’t happen until the third drive of the third quarter. 

No receivers left 

The Eagles began the season with DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. That was nice for that one game. Going into Week 15, with Agholor’s status uncertain, the Eagles’ top three receivers might be J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and Rob Davis. Not exactly what the Eagles had in mind this offseason. 

A rookie QB 

The last time the Eagles faced Washington, in the opener, Case Keenum was the starter. So this will be their first time facing rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. While the Redskins have won two of three, they’re still a mess of an organization, so who knows what the future holds for Haskins. They have an interim coach and it’s possible the next head coach will want to pick his quarterback, which could leave Haskins in limbo. But there’s also a possibly Haskins is still their long-term QB. It’ll be interesting to see what happens down there.  

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