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Sources: Eagles' Cre'Von LeBlanc has Lisfranc sprain

Sources: Eagles' Cre'Von LeBlanc has Lisfranc sprain

Cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc has a Lisfranc sprain, according to league sources. It's the same type of injury Jalen Mills suffered in 2018, which required season-ending surgery. In LeBlanc’s case, he will not require surgery.

The Eagles are hoping to have LeBlanc back by mid-to-late September, but because every player heals differently, there’s a possibility he could be out until November.

The Eagles picked up LeBlanc off waivers in November of last year. As the season wore on and his playing time increased, LeBlanc began to shine. The Eagles are really pleased with his development.

It was believed that he would battle in training camp for a starting job and at the very least see significant playing time this season.

The LeBlanc injury explains why the Eagles went out and signed CB Orlando Scandrick to add depth to that position.  

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Why trading Nate Sudfeld to Colts after Andrew Luck’s retirement would make sense

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Why trading Nate Sudfeld to Colts after Andrew Luck’s retirement would make sense

We were all enjoying our Saturday evenings when ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped a bomb on us. The kind that made us furiously check to make sure it wasn’t a fake Twitter account. 

And with that news, the next thought from an Eagles perspective is this: 

Would it make sense to trade Nate Sudfeld to Indy? 

The short answer: Absolutely. 

With Andrew Luck’s retirement, Jacoby Brissett will take over as the Colts’ starting quarterback. Lucky for them, they had the best backup quarterback in the league as their 29-year-old franchise quarterback decided to walk away. In 2017, Brissett started 15 games for the Colts and had a pretty good season. 

But now this means former Broncos’ seventh-round pick Chad Kelly is the Colts’ backup quarterback. If they’re not content with that (and they probably shouldn’t be), Sudfeld would make a ton of sense for both sides. 

There are plenty of reasons: 

• Sure, Sudfeld is injured right now, but he’s been healing from that broken left wrist and is already out of the hard cast. He could return by as early as late September, although October is likely be more realistic. So if the Colts can hang tight until then with Kelly as their backup, Sudfeld could still be the No. 2 in Indy for most of the season. Sudfeld’s injury isn’t the type that will linger. It’s not like this is a soft-tissue injury; once he’s cleared, he’ll be good to go. 

And the Colts have a good enough roster that they should still be in win-now mode even after Luck’s retirement. 

• Sudfeld has plenty of familiarity with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was previously the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. Sudfeld and Reich were together during the Super Bowl season in 2017, when the Eagles stuck with Sudfeld as their backup into the playoffs after Carson Wentz’s injury despite Sudfeld’s lack of experience. Reich and Sudfeld have a very good relationship. 

• Even before Reich became the head coach in Indy, the Colts were interested in Sudfeld. Remember, they were the team that tried to sign him off the Eagles’ practice squad during the 2017 season. The Eagles reacted and added Sudfeld to their 53-man roster to avoid losing him. 

• After bringing Josh McCown out of retirement, the Eagles are pretty set at their backup quarterback spot. Moving Sudfeld would even eliminate the eventual decision of what to do with that spot when he’s healthy. 

• The Eagles just drafted Clayton Thorson in the fifth round out of Northwestern. Thorson has looked good at times this preseason and could possibly take over for McCown as the Eagles’ backup QB in 2020. 

• Sudfeld is 25 and is getting paid just over $3 million this season after the Eagles used a second-round RFA tender on him this offseason. There’s a good chance Sudfeld gets a contract elsewhere after this season and would be gone anyway. This would give Howie Roseman a chance to recoup something for him before he leaves. 

• This isn’t the best reason to pull off a trade, but Sudfeld probably has plenty of fans in Indiana. He played his college ball for the Hoosiers about an hour drive away from Indianapolis. 

Ever since the Eagles signed Sudfeld to their practice squad in 2017, they’ve really liked him. At every turn, they’ve shown confidence in him. So maybe it would be tough to trade him away. But this type of deal would make sense for both sides if they could agree on the right price. 

Roseman should be on the phone before the shock wears off in Indy. 

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Trade Alshon Jeffery? Yeah, right after the Eagles sign Plaxico

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Trade Alshon Jeffery? Yeah, right after the Eagles sign Plaxico

Remember when the Eagles were going to trade for Plaxico Burress? Remember when they were going to trade for Le’Veon Bell? Remember when they were going to cut DeMeco Ryans before the season? Weren’t they going to trade for Antonio Brown at some point?

We live in an era of instant information, and that also means we live in an age of instant misinformation.

And that means on a random Saturday in August you could wake up, check Twitter and have 13 people asking if the Eagles are really trading Alshon Jeffery.

And when you try to figure out where this is all coming from, you get an endless string of tweets and retweets that eventually winds its way to an unsourced “trade rumor” that’s generally just somebody saying, “Hey, maybe this will happen!"

Of course it never does.

To recap: A site that calls itself Pro Football Network (fancy title, 5,026 followers) tweeted Saturday night that “Trade talk is picking up. Keep an eye on guys like Kenny Stills and Alshon Jeffery.”

This wasn’t a sourced “report,” it was just kind of idle speculation, which is totally within their right. But you know how these things go. They invariably snowball. 

Fans are starving for every bit of information on their team, and that’s understandable. But that’s how speculation turns to rumors and rumors turn to reports.

This just in: Alshon Jeffery isn’t getting traded.

Come on now.

Why would the Eagles trade one of their most valued offensive pieces 15 days before opening day in a season where they have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations?

Think about it.

This year is all about making life as easy as possible for Carson Wentz. Getting him in a comfort zone, getting him through the season healthy, getting him to the playoffs intact.

Guess what wide receiver Wentz has targeted the most over the last two years? Guess which wideout he’s completed the most passes to? The most touchdowns?

Jeffery.

Why on Earth would you get rid of Wentz's favorite wide receiver two weeks before opening day? It makes zero sense.

We’ve all been impressed by JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and maybe one day he’ll replace Jeffery. But you’re talking about a guy who hasn’t played a regular-season NFL snap vs. a guy who was a huge part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run two years ago. Not happening.

According to Spotrac’s salary cap tracker, the Eagles have the third-oldest roster in the NFL. Which is fine. The two teams ahead of them are the Patriots and Saints. 

These are veteran-laden teams that are built to win in 2019.

When you’re rebuilding, yeah, you trade for the future. Not when you’re hoping to win 12 or 13 games and fight for a first-round bye.

What about Jadeveon Clowney? He’s a guy who would help the Eagles immediately, but the Texans seem set at wideout with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee, and they reportedly want a front-line left tackle in exchange for Clowney. And Jason Peters and Andre Dillard obviously aren’t going anywhere.

Neither is Jeffery. 

No matter what Twitter says.



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