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.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."