VY Tweaks a Hammy, Sunshine and Kafka Get Jacked Up, But Some Good Signs in Eagles Final Tuneup

VY Tweaks a Hammy, Sunshine and Kafka Get Jacked Up, But Some Good Signs in Eagles Final Tuneup

The Eagles left the Meadowlands with the all-important preseason win, dropping the Jets by a 24-14 count, and they got a good look at some of the guys who could play key roles later in the season. A few guys will be pretty sore today though, with last night's starter Vince Young coming up lame with a hamstring issue as he rolled out for a red zone strike.

VY was having a very good night until that point, throwing for 193 yards (15 for 23) and a TD pass to Chad Hall, generally looking pretty comfortable. On his final pass though, he pulled up without contact, wincing and grabbing his leg. After the game, he said he'd get an MRI when the team returns to Philly, but Andy Reid thinks he'll be ready to go for the season opener. It was encouraging to see VY with a smile on his face on the sideline not long after coming out, and after the game he said it felt pretty good. No word on whether he'll tweet the MRI for us.

Mike Kafka had a scary moment too, taking a nasty hit to the chest, and for a minute it looked like the Eagles might have to send emergency QB Jason Avant in. Kafka was able to resume play though.

Surprisingly, Riley Cooper was also OK after the hit you'll see in the video below.

Daaaaaammmnnn. Brodney Pool was flagged on the play, but didn't appear to deserve anything more than some helmet slaps by the other guys in his secondary. That's life in today's NFL, for better and worse.

Rookie running back Dion Lewis racked up 100 total yards (15 carries for 62 yards, 3 catches for 38 yards) and a touchdown, and generally looked great, with explosive speed and some slick moves. And he's third on the depth chart. Not bad for a team that relies heavily on the pass and probably always will.

Danny Watkins was the sole starter to see action in the game (*correction: Dixon played too), having requested to play to get some more snaps before the regular season (Jeff McLane says he was probably going to see time whether he asked or not). McLane also points out that Watkins still has some learning to do, starting off slow for the second straight game, which can be dangerous for the guy behind him. But in both contests, he got better in subsequent series, which is a good sign. Lockout, holdout, late to the game of football… He's also a rookie OL no matter how you slice it. There'll be some growing pains, but it's good to see progress in there too.

The rookie kicking tandem also had a pair of shaky moments, with Alex Henery missing one field goal and punter/holder Chas Henry bobbling a snap on another, then rolling out and throwing a pick, although the latter play was washed out with a Jets penalty. Henery did hit his three PATs and drill a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter to end the night on a better note though.

So that's it for the preseason. The Birds exit exhibition with a 3-1 record and, hopefully, no major injuries to key players. Along with the rest of the NFL, there will probably still be some rust when the take the field in week one, and there's still work to do in the areas we knew would be iffy, most notably the new-look OL and the linebackers.  

Reuben Frank has much more on the game, including what standout performances by Brian Rolle and Donald Lee mean for their chances to make the team as a big wave of cuts looms.

>>Young pulls hammy, Birds cap preseason with win [CSN]

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Jimmy Rollins salutes former Phillies teammate Ryan Howard

Jimmy Rollins salutes former Phillies teammate Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley were all drafted and developed by the Phillies. They came to the majors and became the best first baseman, shortstop and second baseman in franchise history.
 
And, of course, they were a huge part of the core of the team that won the 2008 World Series.
 
Time moves on and so do great players.
 
Rollins was traded in December 2014 as the team began a rebuild. Utley was traded in August 2015. On Sunday, Howard, the last piece from that championship season, will play his last game with the Phillies.
 
Rollins took some time Saturday to pass along some thoughts on his friend’s time in red pinstripes.
 
“When Ryan first arrived in Philadelphia, he was merely filling in for Jim Thome in the eyes of many, but he did not let that opportunity to shine pass him by,” Rollins wrote. “He quickly became feared as he won Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive years and reached 200 home runs quicker than anyone in the history of the game. He loved the pressure and wanted to be the man at the plate when the game mattered most.”
 
The Phillies won five division titles from 2007 to 2011. Howard led the majors in homers twice and RBIs three times.
 
“During our run, we leaned on him many times for big hits and clutch home runs and he found ways to deliver,” Rollins said. “Ryan never stopped working to better himself and his craft, whether it was getting to the field early for extra defensive work or finding that sweet home run stroke. Although he hit a lot of them, he was more than just a power hitter -- he was a great teammate.
 
“We all hoped to bring more than one championship to Philadelphia, but without Ryan that one may not have been possible. So, many thanks to 'Big Piece' for being such a big piece of the best years of my career in the City of Brotherly Love!”

Goalie Michal Neuvirth to honor Flyers late owner Ed Snider with new mask

Goalie Michal Neuvirth to honor Flyers late owner Ed Snider with new mask

Michal Neuvirth's new mask that he will debut Saturday night against the Bruins in preseason action honors the late Ed Snider.

The goalie’s new helmet will feature graphics of Snider, and the words “A Flyer forever.”

The Flyers logo with Snider’s face inside of it is the centerpiece of the mask. You might be familiar with the design, since the Flyers gave out shirts with it during the playoffs last season.

The design was received well from fans as it was displayed on signs and banners during the teams remaining home games. 

The tribute to Snider is a classy move by Neuvirth, and fans will definitely love his new mask. Neuvirth will look to build on his positive momentum from last season when he set career highs with a 2.27 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.