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QB Vick, RB McCoy still out for slumping Eagles

QB Vick, RB McCoy still out for slumping Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not play Sunday, when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6).

In an expected announcement, Eagles athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday that neither has been cleared to return to football activity after suffering concussions last month.

Burkholder sent McCoy to Pittsburgh to be examined by the University of Pittsburgh's concussion specialists because he ``just didn't like the way things were adding up. I didn't like how he was getting symptoms at night and not during the day.''

He said those tests yielded nothing alarming but did convince Burkholder to change McCoy's rehabilitation protocol.

Burkholder said Vick is improving in his physical rehabilitation but is ``in kind of a stagnant phase'' with his testing.

The Eagles (3-9) are in last place in the NFC East, and have lost eight in a row. Quarterback Nick Foles and running back Bryce Brown will start Sunday. Both have filled in admirably, as Brown has rushed for 347 yards in his first two NFL starts - the most by an Eagle in a two-game span in 63 years.

``They do some pen-and-paper testing (and) they take them through a hard workout,'' Burkholder said of Philadelphia's injured stars. ``They have some goggles that they can look at their eye movement and track that kind of thing. They have some more intense testing (too). Nothing came back like big red flags.''

Yet neither is anywhere near a return for a team that is looking forward to next season, and has been for awhile.

Burkholder said Vick and McCoy both remain in stage four of the Eagles' five-phase concussion recovery program and said neither has passed the league-mandated ImPACT test. He said results of their latest tests, taken Friday, were not available.

``We're waiting to go to phase five and phase five . is contact,'' Burkholder said. ``I'm just waiting until they get less symptoms and a little bit better on their reaction time before I move them into that phase.''

Vick, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, will be inactive for a fourth straight week. McCoy, who led the NFL in touchdowns last year, will miss his third straight game. This will be the 10th game Vick has missed with injuries since taking starting duties away from Kevin Kolb in 2010.

``If you can't get your eyes totally back, it's hard to do the reaction-time stuff,'' Burkholder said of Vick. ``We're working on that. We're working on his tracking and what we call convergence and stuff like that, and it'll come.''

The work that the two are getting in has been intense, just without contact. On Friday, Vick and McCoy ran 15 100-yard sprints, then 50-yard walks in between. So, their heart rates were high. They also lifted in the weight room.

Elsewhere, Burkholder also said veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been hospitalized with what the team believes is viral pneumonia and won't make the trip. He said the condition is not related to his offseason brain surgery, and he said there are no signs that anybody else on the team is suffering from the condition.

``He's doing fine,'' Burkholder said. ``He's stable. He just got sick and he ended up with pneumonia (and) we put him in the hospital where he could get the best care and we can keep an eye on him.

``We'll see how he does over the next couple of days.''

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NOTES: Eagles S Kurt Coleman also is out with a chest bruise. He'll be replaced by Colt Anderson, coach Andy Reid said. ... Reserve OL Nate Menkin, who has yet to play this year, suffered a throat cartilage tear during practice Friday and was also ruled out. ... The Eagles are 0-2 vs. the NFC South.

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On a day when the wind made nearly every play an ugly one, Iowa's defense looked beautiful.

Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

Anthony Nelson added a TD on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who held the Terrapins to just 115 yards and seven first downs on a day when wind gusts topped 40 mph.

"I'm really happy with our team's performance. When you play a team like Maryland, they really pose some unique challenges for us and you factor in the conditions on top of that," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I thought our guys did a really good job of being focused."

Those conditions seemed like they might favor Maryland and its run-heavy attack.

But Iowa's front seven never let the Terrapins' attack get going, and its offense used the ground game to grab an early lead and control the ball for more than 40 minutes.

After settling for a pair of short field goals, Iowa went into halftime ahead 13-0 after Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 10-yard TD grab -- which Smith made with one hand -- with eight seconds left in the second quarter.

Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone.

"They controlled the line of scrimmage up front. When we did try to run it up inside, they did a very good job of stopping us," Maryland coach Matt Canada said. "The wind really limited us being able to throw the ball down the field to loosen them up."

Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at Illinois two years ago.

Kasim Hill was 6 of 15 passing for 47 yards and a pick for the Terps (4-3, 2-2), who ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.

All three of Maryland's losses have come by at least 21 points.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: The Hawkeyes are really starting to round into form. If Iowa can upset Penn State next week in State College, talk of the Hawkeyes crashing the playoff party will only gain steam because they should be favored to win their last four games.

Maryland: The Terps' defense simply couldn't get off the field, time and again bullied by an Iowa offensive line that played arguably its best game yet. Illinois ran just 39 plays, compared with 76 for Iowa.

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Iowa might make another big jump -- the Hawkeyes went from unranked to 19th last week -- after an utterly dominant performance. The Hawkeyes have won their last three games by 17, 26 and 23 points.

TURNING POINT

Maryland looked like it had a good shot at holding Iowa to another red-zone field goal late in the first half. But Byron Cowart got flagged for a personal foul following a Stanley incompletion from the Terrapins 22, and two plays later Stanley found Smith in the end zone.

PARKER HESSE CAN'T LOSE

Hesse, Iowa's senior defensive end, played perhaps the signature game of a brilliant career. Hesse knew exactly when to stay home and when to attack on Maryland's option plays, and he added a sack and two tackles for loss. "They give you a lot of different looks ... it all came down to what we did this week in practice," Hesse said. "Not to sound redundant or cheesy. That's just something you've got to practice."

THE NUMBERS

Ty Johnson was the only Maryland player with more than one catch. He had two, for two yards. Iowa was 9 of 18 on third downs and 3 of 4 on fourth downs. Tre Watson and Isaiah Davis combined for 29 tackles for Maryland. The Hawkeyes wore out Maryland with a 17-play drive in the first quarter that consumed nine minutes and ended with a 23-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos. "Our objective is to get off the field on third down. Unfortunately, we understand when those long drives happen, it's because we failed to do that," Watson said.

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Redskins vs. Cowboys: The Highs and Lows from Week 7

Redskins vs. Cowboys: The Highs and Lows from Week 7

By the time these arch-rivals kicked off late Sunday afternoon for Week 7 at FedEx Field, this much was true: Either the Washington Redskins or Dallas Cowboys would end the day atop the NFC East thanks in part to the Philadelphia Eagles' fourth-quarter collapse. Should the Redskins win a second consecutive game for the first time since Week 15-16 last season, Washington would hold a 1 1/2 game lead.

Of course, week-to-week consistency hasn't been on the menu in 2018 even at home. 

The Redskins entered their first NFC East game of the season without Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Chris Thompson and Quinton Dunbar, who popped up on the injury report late in the week with a shin injury.

Here's what went right and what went wrong in Week 7 between the Redskins and Cowboys.

Redskins vs. Cowboys: The Highs and Lows

FIRST QUARTER:

HIGHS: The Redskins entered Sunday 3-0 when scoring first, but 0-2 when the opponent generates a game’s initial points. Therefore, Kapri Bibbs taking a perfectly executed screen pass 23 yards for a touchdown on Washington’s first drive offers hope.

LOWS: Washington’s defense stopped Dallas on Fourth-and-1 from the Cowboys’ 45-yard line as D.J. Swearinger forced a fumble as quarterback Dak Prescott sought space. This good news lands in the bad section because the offense did nothing with the opportunity. They quickly punted without generating a first down on the brief drive.

The Redskins didn’t capitalize on similar opportunities against Carolina with a chance to create significant separation, and the Panthers nearly rallied in the second half.

SECOND QUARTER:

HIGHS:  Gameplans against the Cowboys offense go something like this: Stop running back Ezekiel Elliott. Not easy, of course; Elliott entered Week 7 second in the NFL with 586 yards. Therefore, credit the Redskins defense in the first half. Elliott had 13 yards on 10 carries. Inside linebacker Zach Brown, among the players consistently around in the fray on run attempts, had eight tackles in the first half.

LOWS: Rookie on rookie crime put Dallas on the scoreboard. With the ball at Washington’s 49, receiver Michael Gallup ran a classic stop-and-go, the kind of play sneaky kids attempt in backyards across the country with mixed reviews. This try turned into a smashing success for the visitors. Greg Stroman, starting on the outside in place of Dunbar, bit on the fakery. Gallup sprinted past the cornerback and Prescott fed his wide-open receiver in stride for the tying touchdown.

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