2014 Philadelphia Eagles schedule released, full slate inside

2014 Philadelphia Eagles schedule released, full slate inside

The Philadelphia Eagles reported to the NovaCare Complex on Monday for voluntary workouts as part of Phase One of the offseason program. In case you needed more evidence though that training camp and football season are right around the corner, the NFL has released the 2014 regular season schedule.

The Birds will open their season at Lincoln Financial Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 7, then turn around and head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Monday Night Football the following week in one of four scheduled primetime games. Week 3, Philadelphia welcomes DeSean Jackson back, one of two games against Washington—the other to be played on a Saturday.

Of course, the crown jewel of this schedule is inarguably the Eagles’ clash with the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington at 4:30 on Thanksgiving Day. Mark your calendars now, folks—dinner just turned into lunch.

All NFC East teams meet twice in addition to playing every opponent in the NFC West and AFC South. The Eagles' unique opponents are fellow reigning division champions the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers, in Weeks 10 and 11 respectively.

The full slate of games is as follows:

Week 1 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Sun., 1p)
Week 2 @ Indianapolis Colts (Mon., 8:30p)
Week 3 vs. Washington (Sun., 1p)
Week 4 @ San Francisco 49ers (Sun., 4:25p)
Week 5 vs. St. Louis Rams (Sun., 1p)
Week 6 vs. New York Giants (Sun., 8:30p)
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 @ Arizona Cardinals (Sun., 4:05p)
Week 9 @ Houston Texans (Sun., 1p)
Week 10 vs. Carolina Panthers (Mon., 8:30p)
Week 11 @ Green Bay Packers (Sun., 1p)
Week 12 vs. Tennessee Titans (Sun., 1p)
Week 13 @ Dallas Cowboys (Thurs., 4:30p)*
Week 14 vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sun., 4:25p)
Week 15 vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sun., 8:30p)
Week 16 @ Washington (Sat., 4:30p)
Week 17 @ New York Giants (Sun., 1p)


Sunday games starting with Week 5 are available for flex scheduling to Sunday night thanks to a new rule passed this year, so it's possible we will be seeing even more (or less) of the Eagles in primetime. Six is the maximum.

We haven't even reached the NFL Draft yet (May 8-10), but that won't stop folks from haphazardly trying to assign wins and losses now. What are your initial impressions of the Birds' schedule?

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Source: Sixers to waive Brandon Paul as roster deadline nears

Source: Sixers to waive Brandon Paul as roster deadline nears

The Sixers, who have an afternoon of cuts to make in order to get the regular season roster down to 15 before 5 p.m. on Monday, will waive guard Brandon Paul, according to a source.

Jake Fischer first reported the news. Paul has received interest from other NBA teams, per the source, and has not yet had talks about the D-League. 

Paul, 25, appeared in four preseason games for the Sixers. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.

Paul recently shared with CSNPhilly.com his challenges to pursue an NBA career.

The Sixers' roster stood at 20 after they signed Temple alum Dionte Christmas.

Cat Barber, Shawn Long and James Webb III also are expected to be waived and spend time in the Development League. Elton Brand announced his retirement and was waived last week.