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Zach Ertz’s injury was reportedly more serious than we first thought

Zach Ertz’s injury was reportedly more serious than we first thought

Zach Ertz’s injury is a little more serious than we all originally thought.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ertz suffered a lacerated kidney in addition to his fractured rib last week.

Ertz was hit hard by Cowboys safety Xavier Woods last week, causing the injury. He was somehow able to come back in the game, which seems a little scarier now.

On Friday, Ertz was ruled out of today’s game against the Giants. If this was just a rib fracture, it seems more likely Ertz would have been able to play.

It is interesting that Ertz was originally listed on the injury report Wednesday with just the ribs injury but the “back” designation was added on Thursday and Friday.

Here’s what Doug Pederson said about that:

“You guys saw the hit last week, and we want to be as transparent as we can with the reports. He is dealing with not only the rib, but the back as well.”

The back doesn’t necessarily mean the bones of the back. It is a region of the body, so this could have been their way to list the kidney injury on the report. In any case, Ertz isn’t playing today.

The good news from that NFL Network report is that Ertz hasn’t been ruled out for a possible return next week if the Eagles are able to make it into the playoffs. They will host a wild card round game next week if they win or if the Cowboys lose today.

“The biggest thing is just making sure he feels good,” Pederson said. “I think, having gone through this myself personally with this type of injury, it's discomforting, but want to make sure he's 100 percent before we put him back out there again.”

It would be hard to overstate Ertz’s importance to the Eagles. He leads the team in receptions (88), receiving yards (916) and receiving touchdowns (6). He led the Eagles in all three categories last season as well and the offense basically runs through him.

Against the Giants in this win-and-in game, expect Dallas Goedert to have an expanded role. 

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2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

Everyone knows the Eagles are in need of receivers, but what happens if the top guys are all off the board? 

In his latest mock draft, Andrew Kulp explores that possibility. He has the top four receivers in the class going in the top 20, which leaves the Eagles to find a new strategy. 

So the Birds don’t get a top-notch receiver but they do get an athletic and versatile player at a clear position of need. 

Here’s the latest mock draft from Kulp: 

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles miss out on first-round receiver 

 

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

As a bunch of people try to figure out ways to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens offered his driveway sit-up routine that he made famous back in 2005. 

In a tweet on Monday, Owens tagged a bunch of celebrities in the post and included NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, which lead to a lengthy interview on Tuesday. 

Of course, Clark had to bring up Owens’ response to one fan who asked why he didn’t tag Donovan McNabb in the workout tweet. 

Yeah, the gloves are off, but they’ve been off for a while. 

Here’s what Owens had to say: 

I’m just trying to have fun with the situation. I think everybody is aware of how … I wouldn’t say toxic, our relationship is, but at this point, it is what it is. I really considered him a friend, a teammate at one point in time. Over the years, I think the relationship has deteriorated to the point to where right now, I just don’t care anymore. I’ve tried to be the bigger person in a situation but then recent events, he came out and did an interview and started bringing up and rehashing certain things. In the back of my mind, I’m like ’this is what he really kind of thought about me the whole entire time.’ Now I’m like ‘the hell with it.’ I’m just gonna go with whatever flows at this point.

Owens, 46, brought up an interview McNabb gave a couple months ago to Bleacher Report in which he said Owens’ antics were a “major distraction” for the team.

When Clark brought up the idea that maybe he could get the two together on a Zoom call to hash all this out, Owens said, “Absolutely not.” 

So there you have it. 

Anyway, Owens shared his workout plan on Monday and then got into a little detail about the original driveway press conference during his interview with Clark: 

“I just tried to make light of a situation, especially being sent home from Lehigh where I was in training camp,” Owens said. “Andy Reid and I, we kind of bumped heads and we clashed a little bit and we had a disagreement about something. He told me to go home and then when he told me that, he goes, ‘make sure you stay in shape.’ So that was really the reason behind me bringing the ab bench out.”

Owens said he didn’t expect to arrive to his Moorestown, New Jersey, home and see a bunch of media members. But he thought about a way to poke fun of the situation and the impromptu press conference with his then-agent Drew Rosenhaus came to mind. 

And now 15 years later, it’s providing a little levity during a tough time. 

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