Big Red released the bad news Friday that three starting offensive players are out for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers: RB Brian Westbrook (ribs), G Shawn Andrews (back) and WR Reggie Brown (groin).
The availability of wide receiver Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) and defensive end Juqua Parker (knee) are still unkown as they were listed as questionable. Curtis has a decent chance of playing as he had a full practice on Friday. Juqua sat out Friday’s practice and is very questionable. Tight end L.J. Smith will be available as a starter despite a sore back.
DeSean Jackson and Quintin Demps were both fined $10,000 from the NFL for their celebration after Action Jackson’s punt return for a touchdown against the Redskins last Sunday.
Kind of ridiculous if you ask me. All they did was fold their arms and pose for like 5 seconds and then run back to their respective sideline. Bullshit. Goodell is a douchebag.
The NFL was apparently fine-happy on Friday and also fined Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown and two linemen $10,000 each for their choreographed dance routine in Sunday’s 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
The league said Friday that choreographed celebrations by two or more players aren’t permitted, though no flags were thrown at the time in the game (anything but what DeSean and Quintin did).
These guys at least had a choreographed dance called the “Cupid Shuffle” which is a bit more then a pose for the cameras after a fantastic play. At least let’s be fair here Commish.
The punt return video is below for your viewing pleasure, because we don’t see that them too often in Philadelphia:
B West sat out of practice for a second straight day Thursday because of a rib injury sustained early in the game against Washington on Sunday. Westbrook broke two ribs but was able to return after an injection of painkillers.
GOOD. Take all the time you need buddy. We need you 110% going into Week 8 against Atlanta. With a bye in Week 7, two weeks of rest is a must in my mind. We play San Fran this week and I think we should be able to move the ball against a mediocre defense at best. Mike Martz’s offense however will definitely be a test for our D as he and JT O’Sullivan have been slanging the ball pretty nicely on the left coast.
8:22 PM ET from Citizens Bank Park
Outcome: Manny Ramirez is on fire. Rafael Furcal is back. Joe Torre is in the playoffs again. And Cole Hamels is LIGHTS OUT BAY BAY! Cole will continue his dominant pitching in Game 1 and take a shutout into the seventh where I think he might get a little tired and let up a few hits, possibly a run before Charlie Manuel gives him the pull. This will be perfectly fine, because we will have a solid lead at this point behind the timely hitting of our fearless leader Jimmy Rollins and the rest of the order. A raucous Philly crowd who haven’t been this close to a championship since the Eagles choked in the NFC Championship will be the spark for the Phils as their bats finally get back on track in this one.
Final: LA 2 PHI 5
Player of the Game: Cole Hamels – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 Ks, 1 BB
Outcome: Both of these teams come in feeling good about themselves. Game 1 is going to come down to who works out their nerves first. Reigning MVP Jimmy Rollins does not get phased by the big stage; expect him to lead the Phillies to a 1-0 lead with back to back games with a lead off HR putting the Citizen’s Bank crowd into a frenzy. Expect the Phillies left handed power bats of Ryan Howard when he gets his chances, but more-so Chase Utley to do a lot of damage in this series as the Dodgers have no left handed arms to combat the sluggers. Cole put on an ace-like performance we’ve started to become accustomed too, going deep into tonight’s game keeping the Dodgers hitters looking silly with his deadly fastball and curveball combo as Citizen’s Bank Park will be never be louder tonight from start to finish.
Final: LA 1 PHI 6
Player of the Game: Jimmy Rollins – 3 for 4, HR, 3 RS, 2 RBI, Double, Single, 2 SBs
Donovan McNabb made a post on his blog yesterday about the teams efforts the past two weeks and was highly critical of his own play in the the loss to divisional foe Washington Redskins last Sunday. The way most of it is worded it seems Donovan is pretty upset with the outcome of the game and the way he performed. I like the fact that he mentions how the ‘time is now’ and these close games early in the season WILL come back to bite us in the ass come playoff time. We need all the wins we can get, especially in the NFC East, the hardest division in the entire league.
Some of the highlights from Donnie’s post after the jump.
I’m embarrassed with the way I played. I didn’t do enough to win the game for my team. I take that to heart. I want the ball in my hand when the game is on the line and, if I have it, I have to make a play. I’ll take that responsibility. All three of our losses were within a score so one play could have made a difference – a fumble, an interception, calling an audible, not calling an audible.
I’ve made mistakes and I’ve owned up to them. I’m sure that some of my teammates and coaches might feel that they also could have done better. But a play here and a play there is costing us precious division and conference games that can bite us down the stretch.
I’m better than this and I’ll prove it. I know my team is too. Now we have to prove it.
Eagles’ coach Andy Reid revealed Monday that superstar running back Brian Westbrook fractured two ribs in the opening quarter of the Eagles loss to the Redskins on Sunday as reported earlier by my cohort, the 215 Sportsguy. His status for Sunday’s game in San Francisco is uncertain at the moment but dont worry, we expect his little bro Byron Westbrook to release his diagnosis on Wednesday.
If it were my call; Do NOT play him. We all realize that the Birds have already dug themselves into a hole, but unless they feel they are already in panic mode there is no reason to trot him out there. And like the Bears match up (which is actually making me rethink this whole train of thought, shit put him out there, we’re already tanking) if the Eagles cannot beat the 49ers WITHOUT Brian why was there all of this Super Bowl or bust talk coming out of Lehigh?
Marc Stein of ESPN.com has ranked YOUR Philadelphia 76ers 8th in the NBA in the pre-season Power Rankings. This is probably the highest the Sixers have ever been on Marc Stein’s over-hyped ranking system, but you know, I’ll take it.
I am a diehard Sixer fan, probably one of the few Philadelphia sports fans where the Sixers are my favorite over the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers (which would be the order of importance to me). I have never been more pumped for the start of an NBA season then I am for this upcoming season. The Sixers were hands down the outright winners of the offeason and the team they are about to trot onto the hardwood could be the best in years. The run and gun style combined with a true post presence really gives me goosebumps when I think of the potential this team possesses.
Mr. Stein ranked us 8th in the NBA, but behind fellow Eastern Conference mates: Boston (1), Cleveland (6) and Detroit (7). He had this to say about our franchise heading into the 2008/2009 NBA season.
The Sixers were undisputed champs of the offseason, but it’s also true that Mr. Brand might lift last season’s No. 7s only one spot. Philly can finish anywhere from No. 2 to No. 6, like Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando and Toronto.
I think Mr. Elton Brand will indeed lift us higher then then 7th seed in the East. I’m predicting a 3 seed (behind Boston and Detroit), it’s bold, it’s a tad high, but who ever said lofty expectations were bad. I think Mr. Brand is the best pickup we possibly could have made. Not only was he the best FA out there, but he also filled our biggest need at a true Power Forward.
Things are looking bright Sixer Fans and I’m jumping on the bandwagon now, wait, I was always on the Sixer bandwagon… anyway, see you on opening night.
News out of Washington has surfaced in regards to how little brother Byron Westbrook feels about his brothers injury. According to talks with his brother, Brian will be out a lot longer then your Philadelphia Eagles are leading on.
In an article from yesterday’s Washington Post, Byron stated, “I don’t think he’ll play. The ankle injury is more serious than what the Eagles put out. You know how Andy Reid is about injuries and giving out information. Just watching him on the sidelines after he turned his ankle [against Pittsburgh two weeks ago], it didn’t look good.”
Thanks Byron, what have you just told us that the majority of us are not already thinking? I have to think, we, as true-blooded Eagles fans, are fully aware of that happening considering he hasn’t practiced all week?
Just stick to pretending to be big bro in practice (Byron simulates BWest36 on the Skins practice squad leading up to games against Philadelphia) and don’t set up these headlines acting like your dishing out some inside scoop to get us even more worried about the most important Westbrook … Brian.
Big Red said this morning that quarterback Donovan McNabb (chest contusion), running back Brian Westbrook (ankle), tight end L.J. Smith (back), fullback Tony Hunt (concussion) and guard Shawn Andrews (back) would all miss practice this afternoon.
McNabb said was still sore but expected to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. B West is also holding out hope that he’ll be recovered enough from the injury to his right ankle to play.
I’m optimistic about getting out there and being able to play. I’ve been rehabbing pretty agressively, doing everything I can to be out there on the field Sunday night.
Rumors have been circulating around Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson about a possible romance linked to a certain NFL wide receiver.
We now know who that player is. It is none other than a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles named Hank Baskett.
According to various reports, the two have been seen having expensive dinners all around Philadelphia, and Kendra has even been spotted at the Eagles games. A fan has been quoted as seeing Kendra, “all over him kissing and sticking her tongue down his throat. It was crazy. She was wearing his jersey and had her hair pulled back. She didn’t look so hot. She was doing shots of Patron like it was going out of style. She was at the Eagles game and went to the Main Street Pub after. Hank lives next to Main Street Pub.”
The ex-Playboy bunny took to her myspace blog on Monday to deny rumors that she is engaged, but she proclaimed that she is indeed in love… with Hank Baskett? You be the judge:
Hiiiiii just wanna let yall know that I am not engaged! if I was I’d be very happy though n I wouldn’t hide it.. hahahahaha!!!!! Rumors are sooooooooo f***** funny. yaa trickk yaaaaaa lololol!! Love is a beautiful thing n I think the world needs more of it. lol..
HB3 in LOOOOOVVVVEEEE!!!! (HB3 is acutally Hank Baskett III)
This will sure score ya some point in the locker room with the fellas Hank. Great CATCH!