Vick to Start Preseason Week 1, Foles Gets the Nod in Week 2

Vick to Start Preseason Week 1, Foles Gets the Nod in Week 2

Somehow this was even more anti-climactic than I was expecting.

The news that Michael Vick will start the Eagles’ first preseason game on Friday would not have meant much, because it wouldn’t necessarily be an indication he was going to start the regular season opener in Washington, or that he even owned a significant lead in the quarterback competition. Chip Kelly really drove that point home by announcing at the exact same time that Nick Foles will start the second preseason game next week.

In other words, don’t read too much into any of this. Chip acknowledged after practice on Wednesday that regardless of who got the first crack at the Patriots, both quarterbacks will have first-team reps, likely alternating series. In fact, supposedly the only reason Vick is getting the nod over Foles in game one is because it happens to land on his day in the rotation of who gets to go first.

I have to believe the head coach on this one. There just isn’t a whole lot of separation between the two passers in practice alone, and he’s reiterated time and time again that preseason games would be an important part of the decision making process.

Even Vick realizes this start is nothing to make a big deal over.

Kelly revealed a few other starters as well at positions where it wasn’t necessarily clear.

Jason Peters will be held out while he heals up his hammy. Allen Barbre gets the start at left tackle in Peters’ place, likely so Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson can get some work in at their projected spots at right guard and tackle respectively.

In the secondary, the starting corners will be Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin, as Cary Williams sits with a balky hamstring as well. And at safety, no real surprise, but Patrick Chung and Nate Allen are running with the first-string D.

Regardless of who is starting where, the excitement level is really on the rise. We’re just a little more than 24 hours away from the first preseason game of the Chip Kelly era. Can’t wait to see what’s going to happen out there tomorrow night.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.