Jarrad Page's Reign of Terror Is Over

Jarrad Page's Reign of Terror Is Over

Unfortunately, the safety met his end about nine games too late. With second round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett showing he can step in and play competent football on Sunday -- as long as his responsibilities don't include guarding Larry Fitzgerald one-one-one -- Jarrad Page's services were no longer required. The Eagles released one of their free agent additions from over the summer on Wednesday, and promoted WR Chad Hall from the practice squad.

Page joined the Eagles after spending last season as a backup in New England. It seemed like it could be a solid under-the-radar signing at the time. Page was a starter in Kansas City for three seasons until a calf injury ended his '09 campaign. If he could return to form, maybe he could serve as a stopgap in the defensive backfield while they brought along Jarrett and Nate Allen recovered from a ruptured patellar tendon back in December.

But like so many of this summer's moves, the Page addition was a disaster. He wound up starting five games for the Eagles this season, filling in first for Allen, and then Kurt Coleman while he was benched briefly, and his contributions could only be described as a spectacular failure. Page simply couldn't tackle, and that's when he was in position. Often when ball carriers ripped off big gains, the safety was taking terrible angles, running himself out of the play as the defense conceded huge chunks of ground.

Frankly, this should have happened weeks ago. It was understandable why they brought Page in, then wanted him to start over ahead of a rookie after a shortened off-season, but it quickly became apparent he had nothing to offer on the football field. You wouldn't necessarily say Jarrad Page cost the Eagles games this season, but his presence certainly didn't help matters.

>> Eagles cut safety Page, promote Hall [Eagletarian]

T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.

McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.

McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.

Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).

“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.

Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.

Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
 
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
 
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.

11,700 feet and she said YES! I Love you @cryscorey 💛#SimmondsandSimmonds

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It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!