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Eagles to sign Braxton Miller to practice squad

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Eagles to sign Braxton Miller to practice squad

The Eagles are about to use one of their two open practice squad spots on a big name who hasn't quite been able to make it in the NFL. 

They're going to sign receiver Braxton Miller to their practice squad, pending a physical, a league source confirmed.

CBS Sports' Alex Gleitman first reported the news.

Miller had a few teams interested and even visited with the Cardinals before coming to Philly. 

Miller, 25, was once the starting quarterback at Ohio State but switched to wideout in 2015 and was taken in the third round of the 2016 draft by the Texans. In two NFL seasons with the Texans, Miller played in 21 games with nine starts but had just 34 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns. 

He was waived by the Texans at final cuts a week ago. 

While he's never lived up to his potential in the NFL, Miller is, at the very least, an intriguing player and a great athlete. 

The Eagles just released Greg Ward from the practice squad, so bringing in Miller would be a different project. Both Ward and Miller played quarterback in college. Last season, when Ward was on the practice squad, he would run scout team if the Eagles were going to play a more mobile quarterback that week. Miller could assume that role for now. 

And if the Eagles' iffy group of receivers can't get it together before Alshon Jeffery is ready to return, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Eagles sign Miller to the 53-man roster in a week or two.

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Zach Ertz, Eagles players totally nail their reviews of 'Game of Thrones' final season

Zach Ertz, Eagles players totally nail their reviews of 'Game of Thrones' final season

The Eagles were back at the NovaCare Complex this week to get some offseason practice in to prep for the seas... just kidding, they were there to talk about "Game of Thrones."

Our very own Marc Farzetta caught up with a gaggle of players in the locker room but Zach Ertz's takes were 100 percent accurate.

The average television viewer probably knows they can't be a pro football player but the average pro football player certainly thinks they could be an expert television writer.

And you know at least one Eagles player is super series about his Thrones' fandom when he has a Night King mask just sitting in his locker.

You can watch the hot takes in the above video. Valar morghulis.

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Chris Long admits to marijuana use, speaks out against NFL's policy — and he's right

Chris Long admits to marijuana use, speaks out against NFL's policy — and he's right

Always the progressive, it should come as no surprise that Chris Long is sort of ahead of the curve when it comes to the NFL’s accepting marijuana use. 

For now, marijuana is banned by the NFL, but the league has recently opened discussions about possibly using it as a pain management alternative. A committee of medical experts appointed by the league and the players union will study marijuana and its effects as an alternative pain treatment. 

Long, the recently-retired former Eagle, was on "The Dan Patrick Show" today and — shockingly! — admitted to the world that he used marijuana during his NFL playing career. It’s not that Long was ever one to avoid the conversation. He sent out this tweet in January. 

But now that he’s out of the league, it seems he’s feeling a little more empowered to speak his mind on the topic. 

And he makes a lot of very salient points. He’s right — the NFL’s policy and stance on marijuana is as ridiculous as it is outdated. 

You can check out the whole thing here: 

Based on the NFL’s recent (and late-to-the-table) conversion, Patrick asked Long were he thinks this is heading. 

We should be headed to a place where we allow players to enjoy what I would not even call a drug. You know, it’s far less dangerous than guzzling a fifth of alcohol and going out after a game. Chances are the player won’t even make it to the club (laughs) to do this sort of thing that we all kind of wag our finger at when we hear about a guy getting in a fight or a DUI, you’re never going to read about him sitting on the couch and binge-watching ‘Game of Thrones’ again.

I think from a standpoint of what’s safer for people and the player, certainly people in the spotlight, it is far less harmful than alcohol, it is far less harmful than tobacco, and at various points in the league’s history, they have engaged in partnerships on different levels with those respective industries.

Long said he didn’t want to give a percentage of how many NFL players use marijuana but admitted he used his “fair share” of marijuana during his career. He also mentioned a lot of players used it for pain management. 

Long wouldn’t give a percent, but based on my time around the league, I’ll tell you it’s a significant portion of players. A big reason for that is the laughable testing policy that allows players to skirt the rules with ease. 

In fact, Long called the testing arbitrary and, well, he’s right. 

I think testing is arbitrary. The league, speaking plainly, knows damn well what they’re doing. Testing players once a year for ‘street drugs,’ which is a terrible classification for marijuana, is kind of silly because, you know, players know when the test is, we can stop, and in that month or two that you stop, you’re going to reach for the sleeping pills, you’re going to reach for the pain killers, you’re going to reach for the bottle a little bit more. On the weekend, you’re going to have a few more drinks and a few turns into a few too many. It’s just not the same and if you’re serious about players not smoking, you’d be testing more often. I hope they go the opposite direction and realize how arbitrary doing that test once a year is.

I’ve heard many NFL executives and coaches not give a damn about whether or not their players smoke weed. They don’t care. They just care if a guy is dumb enough to get caught because players know the test is coming. Believe it or not, the testing period (incredibly!) begins on April 20 and continues through Aug. 9. That’s when players are tested for what the league calls “substances of abuse” and marijuana is included in that. 

So as long as players don’t use marijuana just before or during that span, they’re going to pass with flying colors and then start up right again. There’s some obvious absurdity there that definitely warrants ridicule above and beyond the merits of banning marijuana in the first place. 

Now that he’s out of the league, Long feels more empowered to speak up. Good for him.

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