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Decimated by injuries at corner, Eagles bring back veteran CB Orlando Scandrick

Decimated by injuries at corner, Eagles bring back veteran CB Orlando Scandrick

With the Eagles decimated by injuries at corner, they’ll turn to a familiar face.

The team has brought back veteran corner Orlando Scandrick. In a corresponding move, the Eagles released LB and special teamer L.J. Fort.

Scandrick spent the preseason with the Eagles and was among their final cuts. In Scandrick, they get a veteran of 10 years and someone who already has knowledge of their defensive playbook. The long-time Cowboy will get extra time to get reacclimated to the Eagles’ scheme with the break after playing a Thursday night game.

For the second straight season the Eagles are dealing with a rash of injuries at cornerback. After Ronald Darby injured his hamstring against the Lions, Sidney Jones tweaked his in the first quarter against the Packers Thursday. Avonte Maddox suffered a scary injury late in the fourth quarter when he was hit by teammate Andrew Sendejo. Maddox was carted off the field, but the team put out a statement Friday with positive news.

That left only Rasul Douglas and Craig James — who went from the practice squad to hero in short order — healthy enough to finish the game.

The team also has Jalen Mills on the PUP and Cre’Von LeBlanc on IR. Mills will be eligible to return after Week 6.

Scandrick has played in 140 NFL games with 76 starts. He has nine interceptions, 11½ sacks and 27 tackles for loss in 10 years with the Cowboys and one season with the Chiefs.

Fort was signed this offseason after spending the last four seasons with the Steelers. He didn't play any defensive snaps this season but was third on the Eagles in special teams snaps. By releasing him now, the Eagles will recoup a compensatory draft pick. 

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins kneels with Philadelphia protesters in Center City

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins kneels with Philadelphia protesters in Center City

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins spent Monday afternoon in Center City protesting institutional racism and last week's killing of George Floyd by a police officer.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis last Monday night by a police officer in an incident caught on camera. The officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time while Floyd was handcuffed.

Protesters were demonstrating and rallying across Philadelphia over the weekend, and continued Monday. Jenkins also spent Sunday protesting.

On Monday, Jenkins posted a two-minute video of protesters kneeling and facing police officers, captioned "Resist," accompanied by an emoji of a raised fist.

In the beginning of the video, protesters are heard chanting, "Police, take a knee in solidarity," a reference to some police officers across the country — including in Philadelphia — who have taken knees alongside protesters.

At one point, a single woman stands up and yells at the police officers.

The video ends with the protesters chanting, "No justice, no peace."

You can watch the full video below:

Jenkins, who signed with the Saints this offseason, spent much of his time and platform with the Eagles working to enact meaningful criminal justice reform.

It's clear Jenkins wants to remain involved in Philadelphia even after leaving the Eagles. Last month, he delivered the commencement address during The School District of Philadelphia's virtual graduation ceremony.

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