The Battle for Nothing has begun, with the Eagles playing host to the Bills down at the Linc today. With neither team headed to the post-season, the game's only purpose is pride (and gambling I guess). An 8-8 campaign for Reid's boys is an awful showing, but at least in the history books, it's a far cry better than 7-9.
The game also has meaning in that it will be the last for several Eagles. We know Jevon Kearse is all but gone, having made more millions than sacks in a disappointing tenure. LJ Smith won't be missed, as Brent Celek is looking better with every minute he's on the field. Darren Howard will likely join the ranks of former Birds, and you can feel free to speculate as to who else you think is gone in the comments. It's unlikely we'll see Kevin Kolb take a snap today, and I think rightfully so. What will Reid and Co. learn about him in a few drives that they don't already know? His presence on the field would only serve to stir controversy in a season marred by it. He'll have his day, but there's no need to rush it.
The Eagles are playing their best football of the season right now, so sit back and enjoy your team's last game, even if it has no real "meaning." What choice do we have?
Update: Big Jon Runyan took a knee to the head and is out with a concussion. The Revolving Door of Justice takes his spot.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.