Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:41 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 6

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:09 pm
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Posted on: October 18, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 1:24 pm

Reid: Jackson, Vick are 'a stretch' for Week 7

Posted by Andy Benoit

Not surprisingly, Andy Reid told the media on Monday that it will be a “real stretch” for wideout DeSean Jackson to play in Week 7 against the Titans. Jackson suffered a concussion after taking a brutal hit form Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Sunday.

The third-year pro also has soreness in the shoulder and neck area. For what it’s worth, the team says Jackson is in good spirits. With Jackson unable to go, expect the Eagles to start possession target Jason Avant opposite Jeremy Maclin.

It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that Jackson could be on the shelf longer than just one week. He already missed a game with a concussion last season. On Sunday, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Jackson’s latest head injury resulted in memory loss.

Jackson won’t be allowed to play until he is cleared by a team doctor and an independent neurological consultant. The Eagles may be extra cautious considering they drew criticism in Week 1 for allowing Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley to briefly return to action after suffering concussions.

It's hard to say on whether Jackson's injury will impact Reid's decision at quarterback. Maybe it's moot, as Reid also said Monday that it's a stretch Michael Vick will play next week, given the way Vick is feeling right now. Expect Kolb to take the field for a third straight week.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 11:48 am

NFC Inactives Week 6

Posted by Will Brinson

Notable ACTIVES: Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions; Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers; Michael Jenkins, WR, Falcons; Brent Celek, TE, Eagles; LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles; Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys


Clay Matthews, LB, Packers -- Matthews' absence is arguably more damaging than Aaron Rodgers, considering how important he is for their defense.

Michael Vick, QB, Eagles -- Vick will serve as the team's third QB against Atlanta, meaning he gets no chance for the revenge that he hasn't really been looking for but which exists because we like to make a story out of him playing his old team.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Eagles -- The newly acquired player probably didn't have time to get adjusted to the new system. Either that or Eric Mangini included a "spite clause" in the deal that only allows Philadelphia to give Harrison four carries the rest of the season.

Lawrence Tynes, K, Giants -- Tynes' injury is the reason why the G-men signed Shayne Graham this week and he's not swinging his leg.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:32 pm

Eagles news: Kolb starting; Peters, Bunkley out

Posted by Andy Benoit

Michael Vick is throwing a football again, but Kevin Kolb will remain the starter as the Eagles face the Falcons this week. This according to a reliable source familiar with the organization (Andy Reid).

In news that is equally as important (though not breaking), the Eagles will also be without Jason Peters. The athletic left tackle recently underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Peters actually hurt his left knee before facing the Niners Sunday night, but the injury worsened during the game. Anyone who saw King Dunlap try to play left tackle understands the significance of Peters’ absence. Making matters all the more severe is the fact that Dunlap will be matched up against John Abraham on Sunday. Reid gave no timetable for when Peters will return.

Finally, as expected, run-stopping defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is also out with an elbow injury.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:51 am
Edited on: October 13, 2010 12:17 pm

Vick 'still recovering;' Peters to have surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick gives the Philadelphia Eagles the best chance to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, if he's healthy (there's also the whole "redemption" thing with his old team). But it's looking like there's a good chance he won't take the field.

Andy Reid told the media that Vick is "still recovering" and that he's done "no throwing yet," via the Eagles' official Twitter account.

Adam Caplan also reports that it's "doubtful" that Vick plays -- given his practice status at this point in the week, that seems like a safe bet.

The Philly news cycle didn't get any better when Reid alerted the media that Jason Peters, the team's left tackle, would have surgery this week for a torn meniscus and would miss the week.

And to top it off, LeSean McCoy hasn't practiced yet, because he's still sore, although he's expected to play.

All of this news puts a pretty heavy burden on Kevin Kolb, who looked relatively strong (compared to previous outings) against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, as well as an already banged-up and vulnerable to the run (they rank 24th in the league in yards allowed per game) Philadelphia defense.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:37 am

Hot Routes 10.13.10: Beast Mode Bounce Back?

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Even the always sensible John Morgan Field Gulls seems excited by the Marshawn trade -- the hardest part, he writes, is really trying to figure out what the Seahawks have on their hands, exactly.
  • Michael Jenkins is BACK, baby! And he's starting. No, seriously, he is -- Harry Douglas will go back to the slot role. Which, honestly, probably works out better for the Falcons as they can really utilize his speed and let Jenkins, um, do something over on the other side.
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:32 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 3:35 pm

Dey Took Er Jobs: Baby, don't drive that Carr

Posted by Will Brinson

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park.

"We want Carr!" echoed throughout Candlestick Park on Sunday night as 49ers fans expressed their deep (and understandable) frustration with Alex Smith.

The problem is that they don't want the former first-rounder to use some the money the team wasted on him to purchase them all shiny new Kias. No, instead, they wanted to see David Carr enter the game and attempt to lead San Fran to glory.

And what a dumb idea that is.

Reports started circulating Monday that Mike Singletary had told Smith a (paraphrase party coming) real quarterback wouldn't want to get taken out of the game, nor would he let a coach take him out of the game. Apparently, Vernon Davis went over to Smith, gave him a big pep talk about being a grown man and what not and then Smith challenged Singletary's potential decision to bring in Carr.

Eventually Smith won out (although didn't Singletary kind of WANT him to win?), stayed in the game and nearly led a charge back against the Eagles.

Said charge fell short, notch, but that's why you saw Carr maybe getting ready, Singletary and Smith yelling, confusion in the broadcast booth and awkwardness on the sidelines.

Anyway, now Smith is "week-to-week" as the starting quarterback -- apparently, that's the sort of motivation that a quarterback of his caliber needs. (Ironically, of course, fear was the primary motivator for another bust -- in the Canton sense though -- of a 49er, Jerry Rice.)

Fast-forward to Week 6, though, where if Smith struggles against the Oakland Raiders, people will get antsy and start calling for Carr again.

Again, this is a dumb idea.

If you don't believe me, just ask any Texans or Panthers fan who suffered the indelible pain of watching a man once called "Mister Mittens" run their ship into the ground.

Look, Smith's not great, but he's not Carr. Carr is notoriously horrible at understanding pocket time, and if San Fran fans think that Smith has a sense for the worst possible time to generate a turnover, they really have no idea what they're in store for if they get their wish and Carr plays.

Anyway, if Smith doesn't turn his patented "two great drives per game" into something more consistent, there's a good chance that Carr plays. But that doesn't change the fact that putting Mittens in there is a huge mistake.

Raiders fans also did a little bit of Jump to Conclusion Matting -- Jason Campbell, their flame, their muse, their Plunkett, was supposed to come right in and save the day. He didn't, and in fact, he was quite terrible as the Raiders quarterback, right up until the point when Bruce Gradkowski hurt himself and Campbell needed to step in and helped beat the Chargers Sunday.

Sure, the special teams (or "special" teams, if you're discussing the Chargers end of it) and defense deserve some credit for scoring, but Campbell looked composed, relaxed and accurate en route to completing 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards and a TD.

Tom Cable says that Bruce Gradkowski is still the starter (and, of course, Campbell didn't even consider trying to stir the pot; has anyone ever been more dumped on while remaining polite in the history of the NFL?) and that's fine. Gradkowski got the Raiders back on track after Campbell's shoddy play early in the season derailed them.

Jimmy Clausen or Matt Moore? That is the question that rings so … okay, you know what? It doesn't really matter. Clausen hasn't progressed since he got the starting nod, but Moore looked even worse in mop-up, blowout loss duty against the Bears on Sunday.

Jeff Otah's return (maybe in the next few weeks) will help the running game, but without a legitimate option at quarterback, which the Panthers don't have, it's hard to fathom that the Panthers have any prayer of contending this year.

Honestly, the smart thing might be considering shopping Steve Smith (if Deion Branch is worth a fourth to the Patriots, he has to be worth the second-rounder they already took from Carolina at least, right?) and possibly even DeAngelo Williams (Jonathan Stewart's contract situation is better, even if Williams is the better runner, which he might not be) in an attempt to totally reload for next year.

Yes, that's the rantings of a man who stayed up way too late crying that Bobby Cox is gone and all we have left in the world is a discussion of Brett Favre's cell phone, but it's also indicative of how shoddy the quarterback situation is in Carolina.

It's Tuesday, and that means Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb talk. Woo! Right? Actually, this week it's quite important, since Kolb looked good against the Niners and Vick might be ready to return.

Conveniently (or perhaps not), the Eagles play the Falcons, with whom Vick has a little bit of history. Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win against a very talented Atlanta team, but is it worth playing him if he's still dealing with a pretty serious injury?

Two signs point to yes: first that LeSean McCoy played against the Niners with a broken rib, and two, Andy Reid made sure to get Vick some action against the Falcons last year. In other words, redemption and giving the Eagles the best chance on Sunday will win out.

Which is a good thing for all of us, provided Vick isn't re-injured.

Quickly …

- Poor, poor Cleveland. Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are both injured, so Colt McCoy will play. McCoy gets the Steelers, so best-case scenario for Cleveland is him being alive on Monday.

- David Garrard has staved off Trent Edwards for at least the foreseeable future, by beating the Buffalo Bills. Neither of those things is an impressive accomplishment.

- It's easy to refer to the Darren McFadden/Michael Bush situation as a "competition," but that's really based on how they've performed thus far in the year. The reality is that they're two backs who compliment each other, and Cable would be wise to recognize that utilizing Bush's brutish bulldozing as a defense-softener that sets up McFadden is the smart play here. Or, alternately, just don't play D-Mac if his hammy's busted.
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