Will Vick or McCoy Be in Uniform on Sunday?

Will Vick or McCoy Be in Uniform on Sunday?

Both Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy
passed the final stage in concussion testing, and are cleared for action this
week versus Washington. Whether either one of them are activated on Sunday – or
for any of the brief remnants of this season for that matter – remains to be seen.

Obviously, Vick is not expected to
start another game for the Eagles under center this year, or ever again for
that matter according to widely held beliefs. Whether he is or is not in
uniform against the Redskins is of little importance in the long run, even under
scenarios that would keep him in Philadelphia for 2013.

McCoy, on the other hand, is the Birds’
number-one back for the foreseeable future. While practically nothing he can do in these
last two games serves any meaningful purpose that I could imagine, the job is
still his so long as he’s healthy enough to do it. Running the football is what
he gets paid to do.

Quite the paradox we have here. Here’s
one guy most fans probably couldn’t care less is available the next two weeks.
The other, many of those same folks would likely prefer held out.

Should either one of them play
regardless of situation?

The depth chart indicates Vick is the
backup quarterback. However, if something were to happen to Nick Foles down the
stretch, it might not be a bad idea to get a look at Trent Edwards instead. Not
that he needs the audition for a starting gig or anything, but Edwards still
could make for a decent backup at least. It doesn’t hurt to get some new tape on him,
whereas the Eagles already know what they have in Vick.

Andy Reid could choose to make Vick
available over Edwards out of loyalty, or because that’s who would give the
team its best shot to win coming off the bench. Those are noble gestures and
all, either of which is hard to argue with, but ultimately what does it accomplish?

You could probably ask the same question
about reinserting Shady into the lineup. Winning games is inconsequential, and
perhaps the last guy the Eagles need to suffer a major injury over the next two
is McCoy. There is a difference between his situation and Vick’s though.

Vick lost his job, and the team is
evaluating for the future. McCoy is the future at running back.

If the Eagles hold McCoy out so that he
is fresh and ready to go next season, you won’t find any complaints here. Then
again, if he is 100% recovered from his injury, we can easily make the case he
should be in there regardless. He doesn’t necessarily need the snaps, or even a
full workload. That said, McCoy earns a ton of money to be the feature back for this organization, so once he’s
available, that’s what he ought to be doing.

That is of course unless Reid is going
to start sitting other starters as well. But as long as they are playing
with a full deck – or what’s left of one anyway – there is no reason to pull
out the joker. Besides, McCoy’s presence can only be beneficial to Foles.

We’ll find out what the Eagles think of
their little conundrum later on in the week, but there’s a decent chance we won’t
see either one of them the rest of the way. Given Vick’s circumstances, we even may have seen
the last of him entirely.

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National champion Villanova to be honored at White House next week

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National champion Villanova to be honored at White House next week

It's been nearly two months since Villanova won the National Championship in one of the most memorable games in NCAA Tournament history.

Since then, the Wildcats have been honored by the city (parade), the New York Stock Exchange (opening bell), the Phillies (first pitch), the Flyers and the Union. Earlier this week, head coach Jay Wright addressed the Eagles.

But that will all pale in comparison to where the Wildcats will be next Tuesday, when they become the latest championship team to visit the White House and meet President Barack Obama.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m. and will be streamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

In his pool, President Obama had Villanova finally advancing past the second round — "I know that eventually they're going to break through. They've had some bad luck over the last couple of years," Obama told ESPN.com — but had the Wildcats falling to Kansas in the regional semifinal.

He then had Kansas beating North Carolina to win the title.

After surviving the first weekend for the first time since their Final Four run in 2009, Villanova ousted Kansas, 64-59, before shocking Buddy Hield and Oklahoma in the national semifinal, winning by 44. The Wildcats then won one of the most memorable championship games in NCAA Tournament history when Kris Jenkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Tar Heels, 77-74.

Union transfer contract of Michael Lahoud to Miami FC

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Union transfer contract of Michael Lahoud to Miami FC

The Union have cashed in on Michael Lahoud.

After terminating his loan to the New York Cosmos on Tuesday, the Union recalled Lahoud and officially sold the 29-year-old midfielder to Miami FC of the NASL for an undisclosed amount.

“Mike always served the club in a professional manner during his time here,” said Union sporting director Earnie Stewart, who loaned Lahoud to the Cosmos this offseason. “We thank him for his service and want to wish him the best of luck in Miami and in his future endeavors.”

Lahoud, whose prorated $115,637.50 guaranteed salary comes off the Union’s salary cap, was acquired in 2012 in a trade with Chivas USA for defender Danny Califf. He made 58 appearances with the Union before being loaned out.

Eagles' left guard job is Allen Barbre's, but backups are pushing

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Eagles' left guard job is Allen Barbre's, but backups are pushing

Allen Barbre is the Eagles’ starting left guard.

For now.

The 31-year-old offensive lineman started all 16 games at left guard in 2015, and as of Tuesday at OTAs, he was still a starter for Doug Pederson’s new-look offense.

But that could change.

There are several players pushing for the left guard spot. Among them are Stefen Wisniewski, Malcolm Bunche, Isaac Seumalo and Andrew Gardner.

“I definitely am trying to start somewhere,” said Wisniewski, a free-agent signing. “I think I would be a good starting left guard.”

Wisniewski, 27, signed a one-year prove-it deal in early April to join the Eagles (see story). After being taken in the second round of the 2011 draft, Wisniewski has started 77 of 80 possible games in the NFL. He clearly views himself as a starter in the NFL.

For the last two weeks, he’s been working with the second team at guard and center.

“Yeah, it’s weird. It’s definitely weird,” Wisniewski said. “I haven’t spent much time with the twos in five years. Probably a week or two. So it’s definitely different, but I’m just looking at it as a temporary thing, though.”

This offseason, the Eagles added veteran Brandon Brooks to play right guard, taking over for Matt Tobin, but Barbre is still slotted on the left side. In fact, to hammer the point home, the starting offensive linemen have their lockers in a row in the deep corner of the locker room, from left to right: Jason Peters, Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brooks, Lane Johnson.

So, as of late May, Barbre is still the starter.

“I really like where we're at. I like the depth at that position right now,” Pederson said last week. “But yeah, Allen Barbre is my guy and he's our starter.”

Wisniewski is the most accomplished of the backups pushing for that starting left guard spot, but he’s not alone.

Bunche, who was on the Eagles’ practice squad in 2015 after going undrafted out of UCLA, has been working with the second team at left guard during practice. And the second-year player thinks he has a shot at the starting job too.

“Oh yes. But not just that one,” Bunche said. “Throughout the season, anything can happen. That’s one thing that [offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland], he talks about it a lot, you never know when you’re number is going to be called. You just gotta stay in tune with what’s being called, the play-calling, the different techniques going into certain games. I feel I have an opportunity to take that spot if I wanted to. My mindset it to come in and get better each and every day.”

Another possible starting left guard isn’t with the team right now. Third-round pick Seumalo, from Oregon State, is back at school because of the NFL graduation rule and Oregon State’s quarters system. He would be a logical choice to compete for that starting job, but he’s missing valuable time at OTAs.

Meanwhile, Barbre, who had started just eight total games in his seven-year career before 2015, is trying to stave off his competitors. The veteran knows the team brought in a bunch of new offensive linemen this offseason (they have 17 on the roster). He just doesn’t care.

“Honestly, I wasn’t really worried about that,” Barbre said Tuesday. “Honestly, I thought I played fairly decent (in 2015), if you studied the film and you understood what went on. There was a lot of stuff that was tough on the O-line, so it made it kind of tough on us.”

The criticism of the offensive line last season was loud, especially criticism of the guard positions, but Barbre did his best to avoid it.  

“I don’t even read it,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t even care. You guys got your jobs and I have my job. We all have different things we have to do.”

Right now, Barbre’s job is to hold onto that starting spot, while Wisniewski and the rest try to steal it away.