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The story behind Eagles’ dog masks

The story behind Eagles’ dog masks

It's not every day a defensive end wears a dog mask while he does interviews in the locker room after a playoff game.

But Saturday wasn't just any other day.

Chris Long and Lane Johnson both brought pretty authentically looking Halloween dog masks to the Eagles-Falcons playoff game Saturday night to riff on the underdog theme they heard for the last two weeks.

Johnson wore his walking off the field after the Eagles' tense 15-10 win at the Linc (see Roob's observations). Long wore his doing interviews after the game in the home locker room.

Asked what prompted the mask, Long said: "I don’t know if you heard, there was a little narrative this week that the media was pushing that evidently we were like not favored?

"So I (got) this mask. Somebody was like, 'What’s up with the wolf mask?' First of all, it’s a German shepherd. And it’s the underdog mask and I wasn’t going to field any questions but I decided I would field them in the dog mask."

And that's how the 32-year-old Long found himself standing in the locker room doing interviews wearing a German shepherd mask.

Asked what the reaction to the mask has been, Long looked at a writer while the mask covering his face and said: "People are terrified. You guys are scared right now. You’re shaking all over.

"It’s big time to win the game, but we really wanted to put the masks on, so that was an added bonus."

The idea was for Long and Johnson to walk off the field together, both wearing the masks.

"We were looking for each other," Long said. "But I couldn’t find his scent."

Johnson said it's all part of being loose and having fun playing the game they love.

“Just having some fun," he said. "We were called underdogs all week so I figured we needed a good dog mask. I had it hidden in (Jason Peters') coat. If we hadn’t won the game that mask would have never been seen."

Eagles sign Soul wide receiver Darius Prince, waive defensive lineman Adam Reth

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Eagles sign Soul wide receiver Darius Prince, waive defensive lineman Adam Reth

Along with a Super Bowl MVP, the Eagles now have an ArenaBowl MVP on their roster. 

The team signed wide receiver Darius Prince on Saturday afternoon, waiving defensive tackle Adam Reth. Prince earned ArenaBowl XXX MVP honors with five catches for 27 yards and two touchdowns in the Soul's 44-40 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm last year. 

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Prince has come a long way in the last year. After making his AFL debut in the 2017 playoffs, the 28-year-old had a league-high 89 catches, 1,024 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns this past season in just 12 games. Before joining the Soul, Prince played for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.

“My first thought was how thankful I am to the Lord for giving me this opportunity,” Prince said, via a statement by the Soul. “Then I thought about everything I’ve been through. I started at the bottom and now I am signing a contract with the Super Bowl champs, it’s really a surreal feeling.”

Prince has an interesting background. The McKeesport, Pennsylvania, native didn't play college football, and was a basketball player at Penn State-Greater Allegheny and Penn State-Beaver. 

The Eagles last signed a Soul player in 2016, when they added defensive end Jake Metz, who did not make the final roster. 

“We’re incredibly proud of Darius,” Soul president John Adams said. "He is a great ambassador of the Soul brand and we wish him all the best on this next stop of his career.”

In all likelihood, Prince won't be with the Eagles for long. The team has to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, and currently has 13 wide receivers on the roster.

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Carson Wentz to resume full-team drills starting Sunday

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Carson Wentz to resume full-team drills starting Sunday

There’s some good — albeit expected — news with Carson Wentz.

When the Eagles return to practice on Sunday, Wentz will be back in 11-on-11 drills.

Earlier this week, Wentz said he expected to be back in full-team drills this coming week (see story). That’s according to the master plan set forth by the Eagles’ coaches and doctors.

Early in training camp, Wentz was involved in 11-on-11 drills but the team backed off after a few days. Doug Pederson said he saw what he wanted from Wentz and the team didn’t want to expose him to any unnecessary risk.

With less than three weeks until the season opener, Wentz is still targeting a Week 1 return. The last hurdle will still be to get cleared for contact. That hasn’t happened yet.

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