Eagles Extras: Rodgers injured, Nnamdi cut, Foles to the Hall of Fame

Eagles Extras: Rodgers injured, Nnamdi cut, Foles to the Hall of Fame

Nick Foles is Canton-bound! Well, his jersey is anyway.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame requested some game-used gear from Foles’ historic seven-touchdown performance in Oakland, and what better than his white no. 9 to display in the museum of football? A few reporters were able to snap a quick photo of the jersey as the team was preparing a goody bag to ship out.

Quite an honor to have even so much as a piece of equipment in the Hall. Now, about that bust…

Rodgers out for Sunday

Big news out of Green Bay last night, where Aaron Rodgers exited the Packers’ game versus the Bears early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. According to reports, the 2011 Most Valuable Player is expected to miss three weeks with a fracture in his collarbone, which will obviously keep him out for Sunday’s tilt with the Eagles.

Seneca Wallace replaced Rodgers in the 27-20 loss to Chicago, and the drop-off was significant. The 10th-year veteran was nowhere near as impactful, completing 11-of-19 passes for 119 yards with an interception. Wallace now has a short week to turn around and prepare for his first start since 2011.

The injury could be a huge break for the Birds, who are still hanging one game back of the Cowboys in the NFC East. Philadelphia’s defense has not allowed more than 21 points in a game since Week 4 at Denver.

Nnamdi has plenty of me-time

Checking in with some more news from around the league, the biggest free-agent bust in Eagles history is already looking for work again. The 49ers released Nnamdi Asomugha on Monday after the four-time All-Pro appeared in just three games for his new team.

Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million contract in Philadelphia in 2011, but the team released him in March despite a sizable hit against the salary cap. Some questioned whether the Birds were using Asomugha correctly during his tumultuous two seasons with the Birds—guess it wasn’t the scheme after all.

What happened to the player who was once considered the best cornerback in the NFL? Asomugha turned 32 over the summer, so maybe he just got old. Whatever the case, he has plenty of time for lunch in his car now.

Eagles bring back CB

In somewhat related news, the Eagles re-signed a corner from their recent past on Tuesday. With Bradley Fletcher banged up and his condition unknown the Sunday’s game, the team brought back Curtis Marsh to help with depth issues beyond the top three.

A third-round pick by the Birds in 2011, Marsh was released by the team toward the end of training camp. He had a cup of coffee on Cincinnati’s roster this year, appearing in two games.

It will be interesting to see if he gets on the field at all. Marsh never got much of a chance during his time in Philly while playing behind the likes of Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Asante Samuel. No idea if he can play or not, but then he probably wouldn't be available if he could.

Best of NHL: Patrick Kane hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Coyotes

Best of NHL: Patrick Kane hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Coyotes

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored three goals for his third career hat trick to lead the surging Chicago Blackhawks past the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 on Thursday night for their third straight win and eighth in nine games.

Kane has 23 goals to lead Chicago, which closed within three points behind first-place Minnesota in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Rookies Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and assist. Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival scored his first goal of the season in his first game since Jan. 15.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews added two assists to extend his points scoring streak to five games and increase his output to 22 points in his past 13.

Jakob Chychrun, Ryan White and Radim Vrbata scored for the Coyotes. Chychrun and Vrbata each scored for the second straight game (see full recap).

Rangers outlast Maple Leafs in shootout
TORONTO -- Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner and the New York Rangers continued a strong February with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and J.T. Miller scored the game-tying goal in the third period for the Rangers, who improved to 8-1-1 this month.

New York moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division with 80 points.

Connor Brown scored for Toronto, which fell to 1-7 in shootouts this season. Frederik Andersen had a stellar performance in defeat with 37 saves.

The Leafs hold the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division (68 points), two points back of Ottawa (70) and four back of Montreal (see full recap).

Islanders shut out Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Rookie Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period, Thomas Greiss made 24 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday night.

Anders Lee scored in the second period and John Tavares added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the Islanders' third straight win. New York has won the first two games on a crucial nine-game road swing and improved to 12-4-2 since interim coach Doug Weight replaced the fired Jack Capuano.

Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had two assists, and Greiss got his third shutout of the season.

Carey Price finished with 21 saves as the Canadiens lost coach Claude Julien's 1,000th NHL game. Montreal is 1-2-0 since Julien replaced Michel Therrien last week and has totaled just 14 goals while going 2-7-1 in the last 10 games, including four shutouts (see full recap).

Best of NBA: Rockets crush Pelicans to spoil Cousins' debut

Best of NBA: Rockets crush Pelicans to spoil Cousins' debut

NEW ORLEANS -- The Boogie-and-Brow era in New Orleans is off to a highly inauspicious start.

The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Reserve Lou Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston crushed New Orleans, 129-99.

Davis had 29 points, and Cousins finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds. But New Orleans turned the ball over 20 times couldn't keep pace with the firepower of the Rockets, who hit 20 3-pointers.

Eric Gordon scored 19 points and Ryan Anderson added 17 in both players' first game in New Orleans since leaving the Pelicans. James Harden had 13 points and 14 assists (see full recap).

LeBron triple-double powers Cavs past Knicks
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.

James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.

Anthony, the subject of trade rumors because of a strained relationship with Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, scored 20 points, going 9 of 25 from the field.

Kyle Korver scored 20 points for Cleveland, which is 8-1 in February and has beaten New York 10 straight times.

Courtney Lee had 25 points for New York, which has lost six of seven and is 12th in the Eastern Conference playoff race (see full recap).

Pistons rally from 18 down to beat Hornets in OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 33 points, including three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter during a pulsating Detroit rally, and the Pistons outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 114-108 in overtime Thursday night.

Caldwell-Pope scored Detroit's last 11 points of regulation, and his 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds to play tied the game at 100. Kemba Walker scored Charlotte's final nine points of the fourth, but the Pistons forced him to give up the ball on the last possession, and Marco Belinelli missed a 3-pointer that could have won it.

Detroit, which was behind by 18 in the third quarter, never trailed in the overtime. Caldwell-Pope's 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining put the Pistons up 110-102.

Charlotte led 85-70 at the start of the fourth but missed 14 of its first 15 shots in the period, enabling Detroit to cut into the lead.

Walker scored 34 points. Tobias Harris had 25 for the Pistons (see full recap).