Ah, you can feel it in the air. The cold temperatures that indicate that we are in the throes of winter, no longer in the fall. Fall is football weather. The winter means that the season is coming to a close.
That reality is happening all too soon for the Eagles. No run at the playoffs means that we will all sit back and watch some other team ride off into the sunset with the Lombardi trophy once again.
Actual news about the team is decreasing and speculation increasing at proportionate. But as there is a game on Sunday, there is still football news to report. So here goes.
RB LeSean McCoy did not practice today due to that ankle sprain he suffered in Dallas. Thankfully his injury is not a high ankle sprain, but it is not yet known if he will be able to play in Sunday’s season ending game. CB Asante Samuel also didn’t practice because of his continuing hamstring issue. Andy Reid said on Wednesday that “it would be a stretch” for Samuel to play on Sunday.
Unfortunately, strong safety Kurt Coleman was added to injured reserve on Wednesday after an MRI showed that he had suffered a partial tear to his biceps. It has yet to be determined if Coleman will require surgery.
Coleman’s injury means that rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett will start on Sunday against the Redskins. Jarrett is, of course, excited at the opportunity, and feels that the season has adequately prepared him for this opportunity. Said Jarrett,
“In the beginning of the season, there was a lot going on, it was a learning process. I’m still learning as of today. You never stop learning. So I’m more comfortable today than I was four months ago.”
If you’re wondering whether there is any point trying to recover from your New Year’s hangover in time to watch the Eagles play on Sunday, Cullen Jenkins presents a compelling argument as to why the Birds’ final game of the 2011 season actually does mean something. That whole notion of momentum.
“Even if you look at Green Bay, what we did at the end of the season last year and that carried over with them into this year, and that’s happened to us a couple times out there when I was there. So I think it’s something that, especially for the young guys or the people coming in is that you kind of get a taste of that winning like, ‘Man, we won four games straight, we can do this.’ So then for all of the young guys their approach for next year will be wanting to go through that again, they don’t want to go through the losing part, and then they know that we have the ability to do that.”
There are so many factors that change from one season to another, and such a long stretch from one season’s end to another’s beginning that I’m not sure I buy the notion of momentum carrying from one season to another. Especially when momentum has only propelled you to a record of 8-8. But, Cullen makes it sound good so I will keep that in mind as I desperately look for aspirin on New Year’s Day and watch Sunday’s the game in bed.
Cullen Jenkins quote provided via the Philadelphia Eagles.
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