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Not in college anymore, Donnel Pumphrey can't find an inch in Eagles debut

Not in college anymore, Donnel Pumphrey can't find an inch in Eagles debut

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Donnel Pumphrey isn't in the Mountain West Conference anymore. 

If that wasn't clear to the Eagles' fourth-round pick before Thursday night's kickoff, throughout the 24-9 loss it began to crystallize. 

While Pumphrey spent his four years at San Diego State terrorizing opponents on his way to becoming the all-time leading rusher in FBS history, he couldn't find an inch on Thursday night in the preseason opener at Lambeau Field. 

"These guys, they fly to the ball," Pumphrey said. "That's why they're paid to play."

Against the Packers, Pumphrey had nine touches (four carries, five catches) for just 17 yards. 

The Eagles tried to get Pumphrey involved on the ground and through the air but nothing seemed to work. His longest play of the day was a seven-yard reception.  

"That's one of those things where the game speed is completely different," Pumphrey said. "In college, stuff like that, you can break those. In the NFL, you see guys, they stay square and they didn't fall for certain moves."

In addition to the rough debut on offense, Pumphrey also had some struggles as a punt returner. 

On the first punt that came his way, the rookie probably should have signaled for a fair catch. Instead, he needed to make a jumping catch and was taken down immediately, although he avoided a disaster. 

On the next punt, he signaled for a fair catch but muffed it and it rolled away. He was lucky to jump back on it. On the fumble, Pumphrey said he took his eyes off the ball instead of looking it into his hands. 

The Eagles are trying to turn Pumphrey into a punt returner, a role he didn't have at San Diego State outside of practice. He could eventually take over that role for Darren Sproles, who is entering the twilight of his career. 

"It's definitely different but I'm just definitely trying to get used to everything, get used to the speed of just playing professional ball," Pumphrey said. "Our guys did a great job of blocking. I just need to do a better job of catching the ball, really look it in and make my move."

A little later in the game, Pumphrey did have a nice punt return but it was called back thanks to a penalty on linebacker Joe Walker. Pumphrey said it still felt good to break one. 

"He played well," veteran teammate LeGarrette Blount said. "He just has to continue to learn how to adjust to this league. I think he got the jitters out. I think he's done a pretty good job so far in camp. He has a tremendous upside. His potential is high." 

No, it wasn't a great debut for Pumphrey, but after the game, he said it was actually fun to be in his first game. Aside from some tightness in his hamstring, he felt pretty good. 

He'll have a game in another week to try to find success. Because as he found out on Thursday, his Mountain West days are long gone. 

"Something I tell a lot of the guys out here: It's a fast league and once you get into the game, you'll know right away that it's not college anymore," Blount said. "Some guys adjust faster than others. And I think he's going to adjust pretty quick." 

Dimitri Patterson injures 2 police officers trying to flee court room

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Dimitri Patterson injures 2 police officers trying to flee court room

Former Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson injured two police officers while trying to flee during a family court hearing on Tuesday, according to police, via The Miami Herald.

Patterson, 34, appeared in Lawson E. Thomas Court Center when he was ordered by the judge to be taken into custody. At that time, he tried to run out of the door and tackled a female officer who fell and hit her head, while another officer suffered a wrist injury before Patterson was taken into custody.

The female officer was taken to the hospital but later released.

This isn’t Patterson’s first brush with the law. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported in 2015 that the Miami native was charged with felony child abuse.

Per police reports obtained from the incident, Patterson met his ex-girlfriend at Aventura Mall on Aug. 1, 2015, for a custody exchange of their 1-year-old child when an argument ensued over child support payments.

“While placing the boy in the back seat of the car, Medina told Patterson to calm down, warning him that she wouldn't allow him to take the child,” Cimini reported.

“Patterson ‘grabbed her around her neck and threw her to the ground,’ according to the incident report. ‘While this occurred, [Medina] was holding [the boy]. This action caused [him] to fall also and hit his head.’”

Court records show Patterson was eventually acquitted for culpable negligence and battery.

Patterson spent time with the Redskins, Chiefs, Eagles, Browns, Dolphins and Jets during his eight-year career. With the Eagles in 2009 and 2010, he appeared in 27 games (nine starts) with 50 tackles, four interceptions and one sack.

Patterson was last with the Jets in 2014 but suspended indefinitely by the team after leaving without contacting the organization. He was released a short time later and retired.

NFL Notes: NFLPA officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension

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NFL Notes: NFLPA officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension

NEW YORK -- The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over the league's conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.

The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott "to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement."

The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott's attorneys blasted Commission Roger Goodell's ruling, saying the league "cherry-picked" evidence to reach its conclusion.

A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision "as soon as practicable" after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement.

The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants.

Panthers: Davis signs 1-year contract extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thomas Davis won't have to worry about ever playing for another NFL team.

The Panthers have signed the 34-year-old veteran outside linebacker Thomas Davis to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $6.76 million and includes $3 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't release financial terms of contracts.

"I'm extremely excited. Everybody knows how I feel about being a Carolina Panther," Davis said in a team release Tuesday. "This extension solidifies me being here for the rest of my career, and I'm excited about that. Now I'm totally focused on winning a Super Bowl."

Davis' contract was set to expire after this season. Some blamed general manager Dave Gettleman's handling of extensions for Davis and tight end Greg Olsen as the reason he was fired earlier this offseason and replaced by interim general manager Marty Hurney. Olsen has two years left on his current contract but is seeking an extension, too (see full story).

Raiders: Lynch says teammates ‘proud’ of protest
NAPA, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch isn't shedding anymore light on his decision to sit during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' first exhibition game.

Lynch declined to comment on why he chose to sit down Saturday night while the rest of his teammates stood during the anthem before a game in Arizona against the Cardinals.

That left his teammates to answer for him on Tuesday after the team returned for its first practice since that game.

"I'm proud of him," tight end Jared Cook said. "I think it's awesome. Everybody has points of discussion after what happened in Charlottesville just the night before. I think it's important for men in our position to step up and speak on unnecessary situations we find ourselves in as minorities in this country. That's why I'm proud of him" (see full story).

Jets: Whitehead out indefinitely with broken foot
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Lucky Whitehead has a broken foot and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday that Whitehead was injured during practice Monday and it's uncertain whether he will need surgery. Bowles did not know if Whitehead will be out for the year, saying only that it'll be at least "a little while."

Whitehead, who was on crutches during the team's indoor practice, appeared to be the top contender to serve as the Jets' primary punt and kickoff returner.

The injury is the latest in a string of bad news for Whitehead, who has had a strange summer. He was waived by Dallas last month following a shoplifting incident that turned out to be a case of false identity. New York claimed Whitehead off waivers on July 26.