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Sidney Jones 'good' after injury scare in preseason game

Sidney Jones 'good' after injury scare in preseason game

It was as silent as Lincoln Financial Field got all night. 

Well, aside from the deep collective inhale from nearly 70,000 fans who couldn’t help but hold their breath. With just under seven minutes to go in the second quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game, Sidney Jones tried to pop up to his feet after taking on some friendly fire, stood for a moment, and then took a knee.

Uh oh. 

“I’m good. I knew I was good,” Jones said by his locker after the game. “I know I scared everybody. A teammate rolled up on me, but I knew I was fine.” 

Phew. 

Jones said he just suffered a lower left ankle sprain when Nate Gerry collided with him. But that’s the same leg that has Jones' surgically repaired Achilles tendon, so it was natural for everyone to gasp at the sign of him grabbing that area.

Jones, 22, was eventually able to walk to the sideline on his own power before getting checked out on the trainer’s table. He got his ankle re-taped and tested it out by jogging on the sideline. He didn’t get back in the game, but Jones said that was simply the plan. 

As he has been at training camp all summer, Jones was the Eagles’ first-string nickel cornerback for the preseason opener, but that’s the position he then played with the second team too. Way back in the spring, the Eagles began playing Jones at the NCB, so he’s had a while to become familiar with it. But he admitted from the beginning of training camp to now, there’s “a pretty big difference.” 

If nothing else, all this time playing inside can only make him a more well-rounded and more versatile player. 

Jones, the 43rd overall pick last year, would have been a first-rounder had it not been for that Achilles tear at his pro day. So now that he’s completely healed, there are understandably high expectations for Jones in Year 2. 

He didn’t get tested much against the Steelers. But he did make a special teams tackle to start the game on the opening kickoff and he had three combined tackles on defense. He didn’t have to make any plays in the air, but he looked willing to help on the ground. 

“I thought while he was in there, he made some plays,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “He was doing a really nice job.”

Jones did draw a penalty thanks to the new helmet-tackling rule in the second quarter shortly before his injury (see breakdown). Rasul Douglas was holding up Damoun Patterson, when Jones came through with a lowered helmet that drew a flag. 

Instead of a fourth down, the Steelers took a 15-yard penalty and went on to score a touchdown on the drive. 

Jones said there wasn’t much clarity for him on the rule, but he isn’t worried about it. He’s going to keep playing football the way he has his whole career. 

“My head is connected to my shoulders, so it’s hard,” Jones said.  

Oh, like the song. 

“Yeah,” Jones said with a smirk. “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.” 

Knees and toes.

And an ankle sprain. That doesn’t seem all that serious. Exhale. 

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

It’s 2019 and somehow Donovan McNabb is owning headlines in Philadelphia.

The Eagles’ former franchise quarterback sent out a series of tweets on Monday afternoon, attempting to further clarify his critical comments about Carson Wentz from this past weekend. 

On Saturday, McNabb was on a CBS radio show and was asked about Wentz. He said if Wentz doesn’t get out of the second round of the playoffs in the next two years, the Eagles should draft another quarterback.

Then Lane Johnson, never shy with his opinions, chimed in. He called McNabb a snake with emojis and then further explained his problem with McNabb’s comments.

Now, McNabb has responded again:

The last tweet nails the root of the problem with McNabb’s comments. 

If some talking head on a national network said these things, we would have already moved on. Heck, we probably wouldn’t have even cared. But this is McNabb. I normally want everyone to speak the truth and give honest opinions, so this might seem highly hypocritical, but in this case, McNabb can’t be this oblivious to how his comments were going to be seen. 

McNabb has to be more self-aware than this. He has to know that when he says something about the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, he’s not saying it as a talking head; he’s saying it as the Eagles’ former franchise quarterback. 

And there’s already a perception — plenty of it earned — that McNabb has passive-aggressive tendencies, that he still feels he was mistreated during his time in Philadelphia, which has seemingly left a bitter taste in his mouth. Now, all he’s doing is perpetuating those perceptions and thrusting himself into the spotlight 10 years after he played his final snap with the Eagles. 

It’s a shame these things seem to keep happening because McNabb is an all-time great Eagle. Maybe it’s unfair he’s being persecuted for giving an opinion that was asked of him. But there’s going to be a spotlight on any comments he makes about Wentz. Either he didn’t realize that, which would be a huge oversight, or he didn’t care. 

I’m not sure which one is worse. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Donovan McNabb's latest comments on Carson Wentz. It's surprising how unaware McNabb continues to be.

It's draft week! The guys do a mock draft roundup trying to predict what the Eagles will do with the first pick. Also, who were some of the best and worst draft picks in team history?

0:30 - It's draft week!
3:00 - Donovan McNabb speaks out again.
9:00 - How will McNabb be remembered in the future?
16:00 - Any chance he makes the Hall of Fame?
20:00 - First-round mock draft roundup.
23:00 - Roob unfollows someone on Twitter.
33:00 - Latest session with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.
41:00 - Underrated great team draft picks.
47:00 - Draft picks that didn't quite work out.

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