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Orlando Scandrick: It was hard to watch from the couch

Orlando Scandrick: It was hard to watch from the couch

Orlando Scandrick has had the NFL package in his Los Angeles home for years. He’s from L.A., but played elsewhere, so the cable package allowed his family and friends to watch him play for the last decade.

This year, he finally got to use it himself.

Scandrick, 32, was released by the Eagles at final cuts and for the first time in his 12-year NFL career, he was healthy and not on a roster for Week 1. And then Week 2. And then Week 3. So he spent the last month with his family (the good part) and was a spectator on Sundays (the bad).

“It was hard sitting on the couch watching guys play a game that I know I’m still capable of playing,” Scandrick said.

The Eagles are now counting on Scandrick. In the wake of two more injuries to cornerbacks on Thursday night in Green Bay, the Eagles re-signed the veteran on Friday. And he’ll probably have to play a somewhat significant role in this coming Sunday’s game against the Jets.

There really aren’t any other options.

“We would expect him to be up to speed if he's called upon,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “There's not going to be any start-up time for him.”

After spending the first nine years of his career with the Cowboys, Scandrick was with the Chiefs in 2018. He spent a little more than a month with the Eagles before he was released.

Scandrick knows he can’t play forever, but he also wasn’t ready to retire.

“I feel like I wasn’t finished and I’m not finished,” he said. “I’m excited that I get another opportunity to prove that I’m not finished.”

During the last month, the Eagles kept in contact with him. According to Scandrick, the two sides talked in Weeks 2, 3 and 4. And after injuries to Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox — and with Jalen Mills and Cre’Von LeBlanc still sidelined — the Eagles finally brought back the 12-year pro late last week.

Going into Sunday’s game, he might be one of just three healthy corners on the roster. So he’s going to have to play.

“I think it helps obviously having him in camp as well," safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “So he’s familiar with the defense. A veteran, played a long time in this league. Understands how to win. That definitely is going to help us.”

With Maddox reportedly out for a few weeks, the most natural position for Scandrick would be as the Eagles’ nickel cornerback. That’s the position he’s played most in the NFL and he was the backup nickel throughout training camp after the Eagles brought him in on July 27. Scandrick said he has stayed in shape.

While spending time with his family was great, Scandrick admitted watching football on Sundays was “different.” He would flip back and forth between the top games of the weekend, but spent extra time watching the Eagles. He is a childhood friend of DeSean Jackson’s and grew close to some of his teammates during his first stint in Philly.

“I’m a realist here,” Scandrick said. “This is 12 years for me. I know nothing lasts forever…

“I just want to make the most of this opportunity. I want to leave it all out there and I want to do whatever I can to help this team win.”

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Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three key players at practice. 

Derek Barnett (ankle), Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) and Nelson Agholor (knee) all missed Friday’s session after also missing Thursday. 

It’s rare for players to miss the first two practice days of the week and play that weekend. 

Barnett, it seemed, hurt his ankle during the loss to the Dolphins but was able to finish the game, playing 50 snaps. This season, Barnett is second on the team in sacks with 4 1/2 and has played more snaps (78 percent) than any other defensive lineman. 

The only other defensive players to play more than him this season are Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. 

If Barnett can’t play on Monday, it’s likely Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat will see more playing time and perhaps Genard Avery will see a few more snaps. Maybe even Daeshon Hall or Shareef Miller might get to play a bit. 

Agholor has been dealing with his knee injury since the Patriots game. He missed the game against Seattle, but returned last week to play 63 snaps against the Dolphins. Last week, Agholor was limited in practice the first two days of the week and was not given a game status. 

If Agholor can’t play, Greg Ward could perhaps have a bigger role on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Grugier-Hill didn’t report concussion symptoms until Thursday and was then placed into the NFL’s concussion protocol. Based on the timing of all that, it seems like a long shot that he’ll be able to play on Monday night. 

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Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

The one bit of solace Eagles fans can take from the 2019 season so far is that it’s been a complete disaster for the Cowboys too. 

On Friday morning, the day after the Cowboys lost to the Bears to fall to 6-7, a cranky Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan in Dallas for his weekly spot and the station had to briefly drop his call after two consecutive swear words in the interview. 

But Jones came out of the gate cranky. 

The Cowboys’ owner and GM was asked if he had any answers for the way the team is playing right now and his answer was short: 

“We’re not playing very well.”

Are you embarrassed? 

That was the question that set him off a little bit.  

Hey, get your damn act together yourself. OK? Now, we’re going to have a good visit this morning but settle down just a little bit. We’ve got a lot to go over, now go on with your question. But I’m going to give you the answers I want to give you this morning. And I don’t like your attitude to come in. I’ve been traveling all night and I don’t have the patience to jack with you today.

A little later, Jones was asked if he understands why there are so many questions about head coach Jason Garrett. 

Here was his answer with the swear word at the end. 

Of course I understand why they come up. Our fans are interested. They’re frustrated that we’re not playing better and I understand that and I know. That goes with the territory. And I fully expect to have those questions and I know that if you really think about it, if I did have answers as to different directions regarding talent … if I did, I would not share them right now. Because, first of all, if you’ve got other teams’ talent in mind, that’s tampering. Even if you had something in mind, unless they’re not involved in the National Football League right now and that wouldn’t be smart if they were involved other places. So we want to do a good job here, I want to do a good job with you guys but there’s a whole bunch of time where I have to bulls--- the hell out of you.

One of the hosts then said he totally understood that. 

To which, Jones replied: “Do you understand bulls---?” 

That was when the radio station’s system took over and dropped the call with the Cowboys owner. The program director explained that they had to hit the dump button twice in a short span of time and the system is designed to then kill all sound but the hosts. 

A bit later, Jones rejoined the program. 

“I had been talking the whole time,” Jones said. 

Strange interview, but definitely worth the listen. 

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