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A former Eagle gets a job, and it could mean a draft pick for Eagles

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A former Eagle gets a job, and it could mean a draft pick for Eagles

He’s been traded once and released three times and now one-time Eagles second-round pick Jordan Matthews has another chance to play football.

Which could mean an extra draft pick for the Eagles.

The 49ers re-signed Matthews on Thursday to replace injured receiver Jalen Hurt, their rookie third-round pick.

Since Matthews finished last year with the Eagles — his second stint here — and entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, he counts toward the Eagles’ net gain-loss when it comes to compensatory picks.

The Eagles also lost Golden Tate, Nick Foles and Jordan Hicks as unrestricted free agents and added Andrew Sendejo and L.J. Fort. They’ve since released Fort, who no longer counts as a net gain.

Foles, who signed with the Jaguars, is expected to bring the Eagles a third-round pick, and Hicks is worth a fourth-round pick, according to draft analytics web site OverTheCap.com.

If Matthews stays with the 49ers for at least 10 weeks, then he cancels out Sendejo and the Eagles would then receive compensation for losing Tate in the form of a 2020 fifth-round pick, according to OverTheCap.

If the 49ers release Matthews before he's been on the roster for 10 weeks, the Eagles no longer receive that compensation.

Matthews caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three years with the Eagles, the 12th-most catches in NFL history by any player in his first three seasons.

But the Eagles traded him to the Bills in the Ronald Darby deal after the 2016 season, and he has just 45 receptions since. He’s bounced from the Bills to the Patriots to the Eagles to the 49ers and now back to the 49ers.

And Eagles fans should hope he stays with the 49ers.

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Alshon Jeffery to undergo foot surgery, faces lengthy rehab

Alshon Jeffery to undergo foot surgery, faces lengthy rehab

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in the Eagles’ win over the Giants Monday night, will undergo surgery to repair his Lisfranc injury, Doug Pederson said Friday.

“He would want to get it done quickly so he can get on a rehab schedule,” Pederson said.

It’s impossible to tell when Jeffery might return, but this is generally a long rehab. 

A University of Pennsylvania study of 28 NFL players who suffered Lisfranc injuries determined that the average player misses about 11 months. Some miss less, some miss more.

According to the study, 22 of 28 players who were identified with this injury had surgery, and those players generally took longer to return to action than those who didn’t, likely because their injuries were more serious in the first place.

The start of the 2020 season is about nine months away, so although the start of his season appears in jeopardy, Jeffery would appear to have a chance to play at some point next year.

Pederson said it was too early to speculate on Jeffery’s possible return: “I don’t have a rough sense yet on when that would be. It’s a long way away.”

Meanwhile, receiver Nelson Agholor, who missed the Dolphins game with a knee injury, does not look likely to return Sunday.

Agholor said on Thursday his knee was at a “stalemate.”

“We’ll work through today and see where he’s at,” Pederson said. “Obviously, he hasn’t worked the last couple days. I’m not sure what statement means, but we’re still working through it.”

Pederson also said running back Jordan Howard is still not cleared for contact, so he’ll miss his fifth straight game since suffering a stinger against the Bears back on Nov. 3.

Pederson was asked if the Eagles, with just three regular-season games remaining, were close to shutting down Howard or Agholor and opening up roster spots.

“Yeah, we’re kind of getting down here to the end, obviously,” he said. “I understand the question. But I think my hope is that they return and return soon so that we can get them back. I lean more that way of getting a player back than trying to free up a spot and he gets healthy he can play.”

Pederson indicated that the Eagles don’t plan on activating another wide receiver from the practice squad.

Right now, they have just J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and Robert Davis healthy and expected to play Sunday. Those three have played a combined 21 games in their career.

Other skill players in uniform Sunday will be tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, running backs Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Jay Ajayi and hybrid tight end/receiver Josh Perkins. 

“I look at it as nine bodies with tight end, runners and receivers, so we’ve got everything covered that way,” he said. “We’ve got a plan to the plan to the plan to the plan if we lose a guy in the course of the game. It’s where we are right now as a team, as an offense.”

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Doug Pederson ‘disappointed’ Kamu Grugier-Hill lied about concussion

Doug Pederson ‘disappointed’ Kamu Grugier-Hill lied about concussion

Doug Pederson on Friday morning said he was “disappointed” in Kamu Grugier-Hill’s decision to lie about concussion symptoms to stay in the game against Miami two weeks ago. 

Grugier-Hill, 25, admitted on Thursday that he lied to medical personnel after he suffered a concussion on the first play from scrimmage on Dec. 1. He told them he hurt his shoulder and continued to play. 

“We know how important head and neck injuries are to our league and to just the person, the player himself, the well-being of the player,” Pederson said. “And so from that standpoint, to have this come back like this and for him to admit what he has said and done is very disappointing for me as a head coach.

“After putting our players through meetings and instructing our player. And it’s not a reflection on the team or anything like that. It’s just one guy who made a bad decision, bad choice.” 

Pederson said the team meets with players going back to training camp to encourage them to report any suspected head injury and also encourages players to report if they suspect one of their teammates has a head injury. 

Grugier-Hill isn’t the first player to lie about a concussion and he won’t be the last, but the league in recent years has put more of an emphasis on preventing and detecting these injuries. It makes it tougher when players aren’t honest with medical staffs. 

And it’s just dangerous. 

“I take football aside,” Pederson said. “I say, ‘hey, this is a well-being issue.’ Had he maybe got hit again in that game, who knows what could have happened.”

Pederson didn’t rule out disciplinary action against Grugier-Hill, saying he will meet with general manager Howie Roesman before any decision, but it didn’t sound like he’ll act.

“Well,” he said, “I think what’s happened has happened.” 

Pederson, as a former player, probably has a slightly different perspective on this issue. At times, Pederson has talked about — and praised — players for playing through injuries, but concussions are obviously different. 

And a lot has changed since Pederson played in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

“Maybe then maybe you could,” Pederson said. “But now, there’s too many things in place, too many protocols, too many standards that we, as coaches and as players, were trying to protect our game and the well being of every player. 

“In a sense, it’s a little bit of a selfish act to take it upon yourself and make that decision when he could have gotten checked out right away.”

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