Watch: Jonathan Papelbon the Smooth Talker and Chooch with the Nerves

Watch: Jonathan Papelbon the Smooth Talker and Chooch with the Nerves

The three Phillies who represented the National League in last night's All-Star Game all performed their jobs pretty damn well. Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon helped toss a combined shutout for the NL squad and Chooch called a solid game and even handled the knuckleball just fine.

Following the win, Leslie Gudel caught up with the trio to talk about their performances. Jonathan Papelbon used the opportunity to butter up to Tony La Russa while Chooch admitted he was a bit nervous.

If only the Phillies regular season would go as smoothly... All Ruben has to do is figure out to stock his bullpen full of All-Stars in the next three weeks.

Eagles-Steelers inactives: Mychal Kendricks active

Eagles-Steelers inactives: Mychal Kendricks active

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who entered the weekend listed as questionable, is active for the team’s game against the Steelers on Sunday afternoon.

Kendricks suffered a broken nose and a quad contusion in last week’s game against the Bears in Chicago. After missing practice for a couple days, he returned in full on Friday and was expected to be ready to go.

In past years, Kendricks would have likely been listed as probable, but the NFL confusingly did away with its “probable” label on injury reports this season.

As for the players who aren’t playing on Sunday, there aren’t any surprises. Zach Ertz (ribs), Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Isaac Seumalo (pec) were all ruled out earlier in the week and are inactive.

Brent Celek will start at tight end for Ertz and Ron Brooks will start at corner for McKelvin. Expect rookie Jalen Mills to be on the field as the outside corner in the nickel package.

Joining them on the list of inactives are WR Bryce Treggs, OL Dillon Gordon, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai and OL Josh Andrews.

If you’re wondering about Treggs, the receiver the Eagles claimed off waivers from the 49ers and last cuts, it seems like the team isn’t ready to activate him just yet. Here’s what Pederson said on Friday about Treggs and the possibility of activating him:

“Yeah, it’s tough to keep the five receivers up based on what you need, defense, special teams and all that,” Pederson said. “He’s shown flashes of his speed in practice and doing a nice job there. And with him too, much like DGB, it’s how well he can process and how well he knows the system in order for him to, one, be active and, two, get a chance to play.”

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