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.

Eagles Inactives: Bennie Logan (groin) out vs. Vikings

Eagles Inactives: Bennie Logan (groin) out vs. Vikings

Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan (groin) is inactive for the team’s game against the Vikings at the Linc on Sunday afternoon.

Logan missed practice all week but was listed as questionable and was said to be a game-time decision. Beau Allen will start in his place, but the Eagles will likely use more Allen, Fletcher Cox, Destiny Vaeao and Vinny Curry at tackle.

While Logan is inactive, Ron Brooks (calf), Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Mychal Kendricks (ribs) are all active. The trio was listed as questionable coming into the weekend.

Joining Logan among the inactive players are: OL Dillon Gordon, OL Josh Andrews, OL Isaac Seumalo, CB C.J. Smith, S Terrence Brooks and WR Bryce Treggs.

Despite Tregg’s getting extended reps this week in practice, he’s still not playing.

For the Vikings, wideout Stefon Diggs (groin), who was listed as questionable, is active.

Vikings inactives: WR Laquon Treadwell, WR Jarius Wright, LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, G Willie Beavers, DT Sharrif Floyd, TE MyCole Pruitt.

Union-Red Bulls 5 things: Aim to finish strong against streaking New York

Union-Red Bulls 5 things: Aim to finish strong against streaking New York

Union vs. New York Red Bulls
4 p.m. on TCN 

Having all but officially made the postseason for the first time since 2011, the Union, who are already locked into a first-round road match, could rest players Sunday in the season finale against the New York Red Bulls (15-9-9). But that doesn’t mean the Union (11-13-9) will be mailing it in.

Here are five things to know.

1. Playoff recovery
The Union had hope that last Sunday’s home match against mathematically eliminated Orlando City SC would work as a slump buster, breaking the club’s five-game winless run. 

Instead, with a 2-0 loss, it just extended the Union’s slump to six.

“We had a good meeting with the group, we talked a lot about accountability,” Union manager Jim Curtin said. “Everybody does have to look in the mirror.”

With their last win coming in late August, the Union seem fresh out of ideas. Passing up the ripe opportunity to gain confidence against Orlando City, the club must now host the best team in the Eastern Conference as a pre-playoff test.

“We shot ourselves in the foot in a big spot and we came up a little short,” said Curtin, whose club flubbed an outside chance to host a first-round game and will be on the road regardless of Sunday’s outcome. “It’s the past, though. We have to look forward to the challenge that Red Bulls will present. They are the perfect team to play in terms of a tuneup, to get up to speed with the tempo of a playoff game. It’ll be good for our guys, we’ll use that to get prepared.”

2. Refreshing the lineup
Because Sunday’s match comes just days before the Union’s midweek postseason game, Curtin could look to rest some starters against the Red Bulls, especially the injured ones.

“There are discussions,” he said. “You have to do what’s best. Maybe it’s a new face, a change or a tweak. We won’t change our formation, we won’t change the style that we play but maybe there’s a new body that comes out on the field and gives us a little bit of a lift.”

But Curtin’s team doesn’t just need a lift, it needs healthy bodies. C.J. Sapong suffered a concussion against Orlando City and will likely sit out Saturday. If he does, Charlie Davies could see a chunk of playing time. Davies has only played 81 minutes in eight games since being acquired by the Union in August.

Tranquillo Barnetta and Chris Pontius are also banged up with lower-body ailments.

“Charlie’s been a little bit sharper each day in training,” Curtin said. “It’s tough to forget that he as recently as a month and a half ago was beating cancer so, the sharpness and the fitness is starting to come back. He wants to start, he wants to play, like any striker does, but we have to be smart about what makes the most sense for the team to get a result this weekend.”

3. Mighty Red Bulls
With the Red Bulls already locked into a first-round playoff bye, claiming the top seed in the East, they could float into Sunday’s match like it’s an exhibition — resting starters and providing minimal effort. 

But while riding an unbeaten streak that dates back to early July, the Red Bulls aren’t likely to pull their foot off the gas just yet.

“It’s a challenging game for us,” Curtin said. “It’ll be a high tempo, playoff atmosphere. With Red Bull already securing their bye, I envision them playing their full-strength lineup because they don’t want to rest guys for two weeks, and then you could have some rust. We expect their best.”

Though the Red Bulls want to keep things moving Sunday, the Union also want to finish the season strong. Although the match doesn’t hold the importance it could have for either club, Curtin’s team, winless since late August, is grasping for anything it can to catapult itself into the postseason with momentum. 

“We want to finish the season the right way for our fans,” Curtin said. “We want to come out with some confidence after the game.”

4. Keep an eye on …
Union: With Sapong hobbled from a concussion, Sunday’s match could put Charlie Davies’ effort on display. The forward, who has been seldom used as he regains conditioning after beating cancer earlier in the year, was acquired by the Union for this exact scenario — providing quality attacking depth.

Red Bulls: Although the match is practically meaningless for the Red Bulls, it could mean something for Bradley Wright-Phillips. The 31-year striker could claim his second golden boot in three seasons. He currently leads MLS with 23 goals — one ahead of David Villa. He has a goal and an assist against the Union this season and 11 goals in his last nine games.

5. This and that
• The Union are 0-1-1 against the Red Bulls this season but did score a win in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16.

• The result of Sunday’s match will leave the Union with one of three postseason road opponents — New York City FC, Montreal Impact and D.C. United. The match will be played the following Wednesday or Thursday.

• With a win on Sunday, the Union would match a club-high in wins with 12 — a record set in 2013.