Let the Garcia Guessing Begin

Let the Garcia Guessing Begin

Philadelphians had an unlikely love affair with Jeff Garcia this season.  His status with the team going into the off-season remains uncertain.  After Saturday night's loss to New Orleans Garcia remained upbeat about a return to the Eagles.

"Hopefully, I can come back here," the
quarterback said, adding he understands it's not something that will be
a simple process. "(But) I really hope that something can be worked

That's not to suggest he will not listen to offers from other teams looking for a clear-cut starter. Even so …

"It would have to be pretty special," he said, "in order for me to want to walk away."

After less than stellar stints in Cleveland and Detroit, it's no surprise Garcia is enjoying his fans in Philly.

Some extras after a rough weekend:

  • A video of Jeff Garcia discussing the 4th down call, his experience in Philly, and his future. [Comcast]
  • A photo of Garcia packing up his locker. [Yahoo!]
  • The ladies from KSK had an interesting take on the Birds debacle: "At least the evening wasn't a total loss for Andy Reid. We heard after
    the game, he got a shit-load of beads showing his ample rack to
    debauched college students in front of Razzoo on Bourbon Street." [Kissing Suzy]
  • The Sixers came through and lost to the Charlotte Bobcats
    on Saturday.  The Sixers now at 10 wins have one more win than the
    league worst Memphis Grizzlies.  Atlanta is close with 11 and both
    Boston and Charlotte have 12. [Inquirer]
  • Reason why CWebb should return to Washington: "Since Webs is now a hip-hop producer, having laid down the track for 'Blunt Ashes' off Nas' Hip Hop Is Dead, he can doubtless lay down some Last Poets-style backing for Etan's various slam opuses, as well as turning in some less lyrically dense cameos."  I'm sold. [The Wizznutzz]
  • A YouTube video of Sheldon Brown's tackle on Reggie Bush.  With the loss, this may become the most memorable play from the playoffs. [Fanhouse]
  • I like the way Antonio Alfonseca's name sounds.  Apparently, he's going to be a Phillie. [Beerleaguer]
  • Stephen A. Smith's show Quite Frankly got cut.  He's probably pretty used to his show being turned off. [Deadspin]

Some random 80's goodness in a YouTube video after the jump.

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."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.