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Fletcher Cox updates his lingering injury situation

Fletcher Cox updates his lingering injury situation

Fletcher Cox won't say when, but he did say he likes where he is.

Cox, who hasn’t practiced this summer following offseason foot surgery, hasn’t been seen rehabbing on the field the past week, which raised some eyebrows, and he hasn’t been around in the locker room either.

Generally, all the rehabbing guys work on a side field during practice.

But Cox was in a chatty mood after practice on Tuesday and said there’s no reason for alarm.

I’m in a good position,” the all-pro defensive tackle said. “Following the plan, man. We came up with a plan months ago to get me where I need to be and right now everything is playing out good. No setbacks. I’m feeling pretty good.

Cox got hurt in the playoff loss to the Saints and underwent surgery soon after. He’s been sidelined since.

Opening day is 26 days away, and Cox wouldn’t speculate whether he’ll be out there when the Eagles face the Redskins at the Linc on Sept. 8, but the fact that he’s on schedule with his rehab is certainly a good sign.

In the position I’m in, there’s no reason to get the itch to get back out there (too quickly),” he said. “I felt that way since I had the surgery. I’m going to take my time and get healthy and do whatever (the trainers) want me to do, and that’s what I’m doing.

Cox said he only needs a week of practice to be ready for the regular season and said he takes mental reps every day and participates in all the positional and team meetings.

So don’t expect to see him in any of the preseason games, but it sounds like the opener is still in the mix.

Cox, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2012, has made the Pro Bowl four straight years and last year made first-team all-pro for the first time. 

His 44 1/2 sacks are sixth-most in Eagles history and most ever by a defensive tackle. Hugh Douglas (54 1/2) and Greg Brown (50 1/2) are within reach this year.

With Cox and Hassan Ridgeway (concussion) out, the Eagles have Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan, Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector healthy at defensive tackle, and the team added another tackle, Aziz Shittu, on Tuesday.

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Eagle Eye podcast: An athlete's role in effecting real change

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Eagle Eye podcast: An athlete's role in effecting real change

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, an open and honest discussion about race, injustice, police brutality and an athlete’s role in social change. 

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are joined by Barrett Brooks during a difficult week in the country. 

The guys discuss Jeff Lurie’s statement and role in Philadelphia, Carson Wentz’s important message and the role of everyone necessary to push the country forward.

  • (1:05) — Jeffrey Lurie releases a powerful statement after team meeting.
  • (9:09) — Carson Wentz among athletes calling for justice after the death of George Floyd.
  • (18:09) — The isn't a Democrats or Republicans issues, it's human decency.
  • (25:17) — Malcolm Jenkins and Colin Kaepernick tried to tell us and we didn't listen.
  • (33:00) — It is important to figure out the next steps.

 

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie 'repulsed' by injustice, vows to use platform for change

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie 'repulsed' by injustice, vows to use platform for change

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a lengthy statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying he is “heartbroken” and “repulsed” by the injustices the black community has to endure and also vowed to use his platform to effect change. 

Lurie, who has been one of the more socially responsible owners in the NFL, had been silent since the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week. 

During a team meeting on Monday, Lurie addressed the entire Eagles organization and then released the following statement on Tuesday, via the Eagles’ Twitter account.

Back in 2018, the Eagles formed the Eagles Social Justice Fund to “provide grants to organizations that work to reduce barriers to equal opportunity, with a specific focus on education, community and police relations, improving the criminal justice system, and other initiatives targeting poverty, racial equality, and workforce development in the Greater Philadelphia area.”

As of December 2019, that fund provided local organizations with $858,000 in funding. 

In Lurie’s statement Tuesday, he said he’s dedicated to committing more resources to organizations working on reform. 

“It is our shared responsibility to address the pain and combat systemic racism,” Lurie said. “There is so much we can all do to improve our unequal system of justice, our schools and our communities. This is a time for leadership. A time for us to be united in action.”

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