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Jason Kelce storms off practice field

Jason Kelce storms off practice field

One member of the Eagles' offensive line returned to practice on Thursday, but another might be added to the injury report by the end of the day.

Starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski was practicing for the first time since hurting his ankle against the Rams on Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether Wisniewski would be a full or limited participant, but it appears he will have a shot to play against the Giants this week.

Wisniewski exited Sunday's game in the first quarter and was unable to re-enter the contest. He was replaced by Chance Warmack, and later Isaac Seumalo.

Doug Pederson said Wisniewski was "doing good" when he last spoke on Wednesday.

Though Wisniewski was back, Eagles center Jason Kelce temporarily left practice on Thursday only to return shortly thereafter. It was unclear whether Kelce was injured, but his absence was preceded by a demonstrative outburst.

Kelce threw his helmet, then slammed a recycle container before storming out of the Eagles' practice facility visibly upset (more on that here). The seventh-year veteran returned minutes later and was participating in drills toward the end of the media portion of practice.

Kelce was not on the Eagles' injury report as of Wednesday but was listed during the week leading up to the Rams game with an ankle injury.

In other returns, Eagles tight end Brent Celek was back on the practice field Thursday. Celek was excused from the previous day's practice to attend the birth of his child.

Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones was also a participant, showing no sign of setbacks from his first practice on Wednesday. The 2017 second-round draft pick has been on the reserve/non-football injury list while recovering from a torn Achilles but is eligible for a spot the 53-man roster within the next 20 days.

Source: Eagles do right by Nick Foles, give him $1 million bonus

Source: Eagles do right by Nick Foles, give him $1 million bonus

The Eagles are doing right by Nick Foles at least one more time. 

Remember when Foles got knocked out of the Eagles’ Week 17 game against the Redskins and finished just a few snaps shy of reaching a $1 million bonus? 

Well, the Eagles gave it to him anyway. 

A league source confirmed an ESPN report Saturday that the Eagles dished out the $1 million to Foles despite him coming a few snaps shy of earning it naturally. 

Thanks to getting knocked out of that Washington game, Foles finished the regular season with 357 offensive snaps out of 1,092 — 32.629 percent. He needed to get to 33 percent to earn that bonus. Normally in these cases, there’s no rounding up. 

This is not a normal case. 

Because after Foles left the Week 17 game, he came back the next week and led the Eagles to a win over the Bears in Chicago in the wild-card round and played the following week in the divisional round. In the last two years, Foles has a 4-1 record in the playoffs for the Birds. 

This is a nice gesture but it doesn’t change anything about Foles’ future. The Eagles are still tying themselves to Carson Wentz long term, which means it’s still likely Foles will be moving on, either as a free agent or through a trade. We explored all those possibilities here.

During the Eagles’ year-end press conference earlier this week, I asked Howie Roseman about how much they have to factor in Foles’ thoughts and feelings when making a decision: 

It’s always gotta be what’s best for our football team and the Philadelphia Eagles. We gotta make decisions based on that. But there’s also a respect factor for guys that have done a lot for us and have been a part of it. We try to factor that in as well. The bottom line is we gotta do what’s best for our football team to win games going forward.

It seems like we’re seeing some of that respect factor with the move to give Foles the $1 million he fell just short of earning naturally. In the Eagles’ eyes, he clearly deserves this bump, sort of like how he deserved a new contract before the 2018 season after his postseason heroics. 

The Eagles have to do what’s best for the team, but they don’t want to burn any bridges with a Super Bowl hero along the way either.

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives his predictions for the championship round of the NFL playoffs.

Rams at Saints (NFC Championship, Sunday, 3:05 p.m., FOX)
And so the top two seeds in the NFC get another shot at each other. If this one is anything like their regular-season meeting in Week 9, it should be quite the shootout.

In that regular-season affair, the two teams combined for 80 points, 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Saints won their seventh straight game while the Rams were dealt their first loss.

With the late-season addition of running back C.J. Anderson, the Rams ran through the Cowboys' defense for 273 yards last weekend. Meanwhile, the Saints came out sluggish against the Eagles, finally woke up and held on to get to this point.

In 2017, both teams exited the playoffs sooner than they were expecting. This time, the Rams' road to the Super Bowl ends in New Orleans.

Patriots at Chiefs (AFC Championship, Sunday, 6:40 p.m., CBS)
The Patriots are like a chameleon. They adapt to their environment on both sides of the ball better than any team in the league. You don’t know what defensive front they’re going to play week to week, and on offense, when you expect them to run, they pass. Prepare to defend their passing attack and they'll run the ball. Back in Week 6, the Pats survived a 43-40 shootout.

But that was in New England. This time, the rematch is at Arrowhead Stadium, arguably the loudest football venue in the league. The Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1969 season. They haven’t been in the AFC title game since 1993. It's the GOAT, Tom Brady, vs. the new kid on the block in Patrick Mahomes, and he is electric.

This is Andy Reid's fourth straight year that he’s gotten Kansas City in the playoffs. This time, Reid and his crew dance their way into Super Bowl LIII.

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