The Eagles, while pondering bringing in the skills of Corey Dillon or Ron Dayne, opted to go with Correll Buckhalter.
Buckhalter had attracted some interest in free agency, but instead of going elsewhere, stayed with the Eagles. The Eagles had visited with Ron Dayne on Thursday and admitted to having conversations with veterans Corey Dillon and Chris Brown before making the move with Buckhalter.
He back ups Westbrook in the Eagles offense, giving the team a familiar look in the backfield. Buckhalter's best games came late in 2006, so the team hopes he is on course to have an even better 2007 with the injury two years in the past.
Personally, I'm fine with this deal. Buckhalter has never really peaked and has been injury plagued. If he can stay healthy, he's an okay backup. With Ryan Moats failing to materialize into a Westbrook clone, I wouldn't be surprised if the Eagles looked at RB with a mid-round pick in the draft.
Would you have rather had Ron Dayne to take that third and one carry, thus avoiding screen passes to Thomas Tapeh?
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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.