This time, it really was Kamu Grugier-Hill at his locker. Not Shelton Gibson disguised as him like on Thursday.
Grugier-Hill met with reporters Friday and said he apologized to Doug Pederson for his Cowboys choking comment earlier in the week.
It’s a rivalry game. Didn’t really think too much about it. Obviously, didn’t mean to disrespect this organization or coach Pederson, I just have a lot of confidence in our guys, confidence in myself going into this game and ready to play.
The Eagles face the Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with first place in the NFC East on the line.
Grugier-Hill, in an interview Wednesday with NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark, said: “Look at Dallas’ history. They always choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”
Pederson earlier Friday called the comments “unfortunate” and said he had spoken with Grugier-Hill (see story).
Asked about that conversation, Grugier-Hill said: “I just apologized because obviously I put him in a hard spot. But that’s really it.”
Asked how Pederson responded, he said: “He understands. Big rivalry. We all know that. Going to be a great game.”
Grugier-Hill said his teammates all supported him these last few days when his comments went viral in Philly, Dallas and nationally.
“This team is very confident and we support each other no matter what,” he said.
The Cowboys have won four straight games to reach 7-5. The Eagles have won their last two to get to 6-6.
Dallas is 3-2 against the Eagles since Pederson replaced Chip Kelly, although their win at the end of last year came against the Eagles' backups. Going back to 2005, the Cowboys are 16-12 against the Eagles, although the Eagles have won six of the last eight in North Texas.
Grugier-Hill, 24, is in his third season with the Eagles after starting the 2016 season as a sixth-round pick of the Patriots. He’s started seven games this year, his first career starts.
He’s generally pretty quiet and one of the last guys in the locker room you’d expect to say something like this.
And he knows he’s going to hear it from the nearly 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon, but he said he doesn’t care.
“I’m not worried about it,” he said.
If the Eagles win, this will be quickly forgotten. If they lose, it’s a bad look for Grugier-Hill.
“Everything is going to be on the field and how we play,” he said. “Our confidence level is high. We know what we can do as a team, and we’re ready to play.”
Safe to say you’ll never hear any more trash talking from Grugier-Hill. If it happens again, he may not get another chance.
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