Kamu Grugier-Hill proves everyone wrong as … Eagles' kicker

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Kamu Grugier-Hill proves everyone wrong as … Eagles' kicker

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kamu Grugier-Hill's career as an NFL kicker got off to a rather inauspicious start. 

After Jake Elliott left the game with a concussion, the linebacker began to warm up his right leg on the Eagles' sideline in the first half of the 37-9 win over the Cowboys (see breakdown)

His first kick sailed wide right, missing the net and soaring into the stands. 

"Oh yeah," fellow linebacker Najee Goode said with a smile. "He definitely hit somebody. He hit a fan and the fan stood up."

Before that practice kick, punter Donnie Jones offered to move the net closer to Grugier-Hill, but the emergency kicker declined. 

That was a mistake. 

"I was like, 'Oh this is going to be a little rough,'" Grugier-Hill said about that miss. "After that, I kind of got a hold of it."

After that first bad attempt, Grugier-Hill settled down and actually had a decent showing as a kicker (see Roob's observations). He practiced some in the dark during a Jerry Jones ceremony at halftime. 

He didn't attempt any field goals or extra points, but he did kick off after four touchdowns and even got a touchback on one of them. 

Grugier-Hill, 23, practiced kicking just one time this season. Chris Maragos had been the Eagles' emergency kicker until he went down for the season with a knee injury. Fipp made Grugier-Hill practice it once. 

Despite practice time, Grugier-Hill was confident in his kicking abilities. He played soccer through sophomore year in high school and said he was an All-Conference and second-team All-State punter in high school in Hawaii. 

"I knew he could kick," cornerback Jalen Mills said. "We call him the Flying Hawaiian. He can do it all."

The Eagles were able to joke about Grugier-Hill's kicking prowess in the winning locker room, but for a while, they were in a precarious situation. 

Coming out after halftime, they were trailing 9-7 and had to play the rest of what looked like a close game without a kicker. 

Goode said it was obviously a blow, but noted the Eagles' offense was able to help out because they can put up points (see report card)

It did change the game because the Eagles didn't try any field goals after Elliott left the game and they went for two on all four of their second-half touchdowns. They converted on three of four. 

"I don't even know if everybody on offense knew right away," Carson Wentz said. "I was in the know, but I don't even think everyone knew. It is what it is. We executed I thought pretty well on those two-point plays. That's why you have a lot of those plays dialed up. You don't think too much about it." 

While the Eagles didn't announce when Elliott suffered his concussion, it's likely it happened on the opening kickoff. Return man Ryan Switzer took the kickoff 61 yards, but Elliott was there to greet him on the sideline to help prevent a touchdown. It looked like Elliott took a shot to the head. 

He continued to play, but after missing a 34-yard attempt was taken inside to get checked out. 

After Elliott went inside, Grugier-Hill began to practice kicking. It was an unusual situation for him, but he claimed he wasn't nervous. 

"Everyone expected me to do bad anyways," he said, "so I [didn't] have anything to lose."

Roob (and Ray Didinger) Knows Podcast - Why Jordan Matthews over Josh Gordon

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Roob (and Ray Didinger) Knows Podcast - Why Jordan Matthews over Josh Gordon

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses why bringing back Jordan Matthews was the right move over a player like Josh Gordon.

Fans need to take it easy on Jalen Mills. He's a good cornerback that had a bad game.

Roob gets into the unique, almost unprecedented, relationship between Nick Foles and Carson Wentz.

Also, Ray Didinger joins the podcast and Roob and Ray answer your questions about the Eagles.

1:00 -  Jordan Matthews was the correct signing.
6:30 - Take it easy on Jalen Mills.
9:00 - Unique relationship between Nick Foles and Carson Wentz.
12:00 - Ray Didinger and Roob answer your questions.
25:00 - Roob Knows stats.
27:30 - Eagles running back situation.
30:30 - Eagles/Colts prediction.

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Eagles injury update: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles miss practice again


Eagles injury update: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles miss practice again

For the second straight day, Eagles running backs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) were not practicing. 

That means they will have missed the two most important practices of the week and their availability for Sunday’s game is very much in question. 

Sproles injured his hamstring in practice before the last game and Ajayi took a hit on his lower back during Sunday’s game in Tampa. Ajayi toughed it out to come back in that one, but was in pain after the game. 

If Ajayi and Sproles can’t play vs. the Colts, the Eagles will be down to three running backs: Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams, who was just brought up from the practice squad this week. 

The Eagles will likely be light at running back and receiver this week for Carson Wentz’s return. 

Wentz, who was a full participant for the first time this season Wednesday, was back on the field Thursday. He looked good in the small portion of practice reporters are allowed to watch. 

Linebackers Nate Gerry (groin) and D.J. Alexander (knee) were both back practicing after missing Wednesday’s session. That’s a good sign for the Eagles’ special teams. 

For the Colts, receiver T.Y. Hilton, running back Marlon Mack, tight end Jack Doyle and offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo all did not practice Thursday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The Eagles will release an official injury report later this afternoon and game statuses will be released Friday. 

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