NFC East Notes: Lichtensteiger questionable Sunday


NFC East Notes: Lichtensteiger questionable Sunday

Add Doug Marrone and Jay Gruden to the list of Eagles head coaching candidates. The Birds are scheduled to interview Marrone, currently coach at Syracuse, this weekend and have requested permission from the Bengals to interview Gruden but have yet to hear back (see story).

Heres what else is going on around the division:

Lichtensteiger questionable vs. Hawks
Redskins left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who started all 16 regular season games for Washington, will be a game-time decision for Mike Shanahan in Sundays wild-card game against Seattle, reports.

Lichtensteiger sprained his ankle in the third quarter of the division-clinching win over the Cowboys and was replaced by rookie Josh LeRibeus for the remainder of the game.

I was excited. I was thinking do not get beat, so I was going a million miles an hour, LeRibeus said. It cost me a couple of times but I settled down after that.

Lichtensteiger did not participate in practice all week.

Bears to interview Dallas coach
Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis was slated Saturday to interview with Chicago for its vacant head coaching position, ESPN Dallas reports.

The Bears fired Lovie Smith following a 10-6 season in which they missed the playoffs.

DeCamillis, who has served in his current position since 2009, has been a special teams coach for his entire NFL coaching career, previously with the Jaguars (2007-08), Falcons (1997-06), Giants (1993-96) and Broncos (1988-92).

Interestingly, the Raiders requested to interview DeCamillis for their vacant special teams coaching job last year, but the Cowboys denied the request. This time, Dallas couldnt block an interview.

NYs Thomas could change positions
After a third ACL injury, Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas may attempt to make the switch back to safety, according to ESPN New York.

Though New York has a 6 million option on the 27-year-old, they likely wont exercise it and instead cut Thomas by March. But the team could reach a new deal with him before next season.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese thinks a position switch could be good for the former second-round pick.

He may be one of those guys at this point in his career, if he does get back on the field from the injury, you might have to move him to a different position like safety instead of playing corner, he said. Because a couple ACLs playing corner is tough to do.

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Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).