McNabb Says Nothing's "Bittersweet" After SNF Showdown

McNabb Says Nothing's "Bittersweet" After SNF Showdown

Philly's predictably abuzz with QB controversy theories and opinions after A.J. Feeley turned in a great (but by no means perfect) performance against the Patriots on Sunday. Despite throwing 3 picks that cost the Eagles the game early and late, just about everything Ace did in between those fateful drives was precise and methodical, picking apart a Pats defense that had been downright scary for most of the season. In his most telling blog post yet over at his Yardbarker site, Donovan McNabb was quick to say that he too was a fan of Feeley's game, and anyone who says anything different has their facts wrong:

I need to get this off of my chest. I heard a remark today that my
thoughts of the game last night was "bittersweet" -- a reference to the
blog my mother wrote last year. Outside of the final score there was
nothing I didn't like about last night.

I loved how A.J. played. He had a couple of throws that he'd like
to have back but he shook off the first interception and was able to
make plays all night long. He made the right reads, he was decisive and
he executed a great game plan.

Why must people think just because we play the same position that I
can't root for him to do well? He is my teammate so I want him to
succeed and that's all that matters.

He goes on to praise the play of the O-line, the receivers, and Jimmy Johnson's inspired defense—some real good-teammate type of stuff. McNabb is getting quicker to respond to remarks like the one he mentioned, a trend that started after Kevin Kolb was drafted, and I can't blame him. He's doing what he can to stay out of the cross hairs of criticism, but there's just no escaping it, even when he's not on the field.

>>Great Job! [Channel 5--McNabb's Blog]
Previously: A Quick Point on the Feeley/McNabb Double Standard

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 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.