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Jay Ajayi reveals that he has fracture in his back

Jay Ajayi reveals that he has fracture in his back

After the Bucs game in Week 2, a visibly a frustrated and hurt Jay Ajayi said about his back, “My s--- is f-----.” 

Turns out he was right. 

His s--- was f-----. 

On Thursday, after his first day back at practice since he was hit in his lower back on Sept. 16, Ajayi revealed that he actually suffered a small fracture in his back. 

A fracture in his back! And he missed just one week!

To put it in a way Ajayi’s fans in London might relate with better: That’s mental. 

“It’s a pain tolerance thing at the end of the day,” Ajayi said. “You just got to be able to tolerate the pain and do things to protect it basically.”

The good news is that Ajayi said he feels good now after giving his back time to heal and he’s “ready to roll” on Sunday against the Titans.  

Finding out that Ajayi had a fracture in his back explains his frustration in the locker room after the loss to the Bucs. He was clearly in pain as he went off to get treatment. Knowing the severity of the injury, it’s amazing that he actually came back in that game after the injury. He played with a broken back. 

“It was bad,” Ajayi said. “I mean, I wasn’t feeling good at all.”

With Darren Sproles (hamstring) likely out for another week, Ajayi will try to carry the Eagles on his recently-fractured back in Tennessee. Thanks to a foot injury late in training camp and this injury in Week 2, the JayTrain has had a hard time getting going early this season. 

This is an important season for Ajayi too. It’s the final year of his four-year rookie contract and he hasn’t hid his desire to earn a big contract in Philly or elsewhere. It’s hard to do that on the sideline. 

It’s not just me who’s going through it. There’s other guys in there that are dealing with things. It just lets you understand the game. This is a contact sport. Injuries happen. … Things are going to happen. You gotta keep your mindset positive and let’s battle each day so that we get back on that field. That’s really what it’s been about, rolling with the punches. Things are going to happen. Keep pushing forward.

In two games this season, Ajayi has just 22 carries for 85 yards but has gotten into the end zone three times already. By the time Sunday’s game is over, we will already be a quarter of the way through the 2018 season. 

Ajayi knows that, but he also knows there’s plenty of time for him to get his season going in the right direction. 

“There’s still a lot more work to do,” he said. “I still have a lot more to show on the field. I think I have a lot more to show to this team as well, show this franchise what I will do in that position. I’m just excited to go out on the field and play my game. Praying to stay healthy and I’m just excited to go play.”

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Eagles reportedly have a new secondary coach

Eagles reportedly have a new secondary coach

Marquand Manuel is the Eagles’ new secondary coach, according to a tweet by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

The 40-year-old Manuel replaces Cory Undlin, who had served in that role since 2015, first under Chip Kelly and the last four years under Doug Pederson. Undlin was named Lions defensive coordinator two weeks ago.

Manuel and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz go back a ways. Manuel played for the Lions in 2009 when Schwartz was their head coach.

Manuel was not in the NFL this past year. He spent the previous four years under Dan Quinn with the Falcons, two years as secondary coach and two years as defensive coordinator before getting fired following the 2018 season.

The Falcons reached the Super Bowl in his second year in Atlanta, losing to the Patriots in Houston.

Before Atlanta, Manuel spent three years working under Quinn with the Seahawks, holding a variety of titles on the defensive staff.

Manuel, who played for Steve Spurrier at Florida, was the Bengals’ 6th-round pick in 2002 and spent eight years as a safety in the NFL with six different teams — the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos and Lions.

He played in 116 games, starting 58, with two interceptions and a pick-6 while he was with the Packers in 2006 off Jon Kitna of the Lions.

The Eagles also reportedly interviewed Browns defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker for the position.

The Eagles already have a safeties coach on the staff, former Eagle Tim Hauck. He was Pederson's teammate with the Eagles in 1999 and has been on Pederson's staff since 2016.

Quinn had this to say about Manuel on the Falcons’ web site back in 2018:

From the time I've met him from now, one thing that's cool to see that has stayed consistent is the energy and enthusiasm he has for players. He made the transition from player to coach really seamlessly because he knew the boundaries of coach, but he also stepped across to say, I can push you. That's not easy to do. He's always had mental quickness of a quarterback or someone who gets concepts really quickly. That transferred into this coaching fast. He can communicate concepts and ideas quickly to people on the run, in the moment, that's a really valuable asset as a coach.

The Eagles still have openings to replace the three assistant coaches Doug Pederson fired: offensive coordinator Mike Groh, wide receivers coach Carson Walch and defensive line coach Phillip Daniels.

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Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Just a few days ago, it seemed like the Eagles weren’t going to lose Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry because it looked like the Browns were going to hire someone else.

Well, that someone else has dropped out of the race.

Vikings assistant GM George Paton has taken himself out of the running to be the Browns’ next general manager, which means Berry is now the new favorite, according to Cleveland.com

This is certainly an interesting turn of events.

According to Cleveland.com, “Paton was reluctant to accept the initial interview because he assumed the job would go Berry.”

Now it might.

It would have made plenty of sense for the Browns to hire Paton, who has a long-standing relationship with new head coach Kevin Stefanski from their time together in Minnesota. But according to reports over the past few weeks, it seems like Berry has been a favorite of ownership and the front office.

While Berry and Stefanski have never worked together, they did get to know each other during the coaching search in Cleveland a year ago. After that search, the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens and Berry left for Philly. But now, Berry and Stefanski might actually get a chance to work with one another.

The Harvard-educated Berry, 32, was with the Browns from 2016-18 as their Vice President of Player Personnel before he joined the Eagles last season in a role they created for him. Berry initially came up in the Colts franchise, first as a scouting assistant and finally as a pro scouting coordinator. He’s been a quick-riser in the NFL world.

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles reportedly denied a request from the Panthers to interview Berry for a Vice President job. The reasoning from the Eagles was that it wasn’t a general manager position and he wouldn’t have had final say on personnel matters.

Final say is something Berry will likely never have here in Philadelphia. Despite a few missteps in recent years, Howie Roseman has pretty solid job security and he isn’t going anywhere. If Berry is going to become a GM, it’s going to be in another city. And it seems like that day might be coming soon.

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