The Morning Extras: Why We Going There?

The Morning Extras: Why We Going There?

We weren't surprised by the negative tone taken on Shawn Andrews, but it's pretty sad that people don't respect the fact that he has an illness. Just remember, you're not only being insensitive to a football player, but anybody who has or is close to somebody with clinical depression. It's hard for us to understand how a person making millions for playing a game could be unhappy while many our battling their own problems, but it's a reality. And if you think he was faking, I have to ask why? It would be a most unnecessary and elaborate scheme, because if he wanted to quit, that's all he had to do.

Not to mention it was his back that has kept him off the field the last two seasons.

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7. Looks almost certain Mike Bell will be allowed to sign with the Eagles. The Saints brought in Justin Fargas for a visit. [WWLTV]

6. Joe Montana claims Brett Favre doesn't plan to retire, but instead wants to use the possibility as an excuse to skip training camp. He's probably right. On one hand, it's hard to respect that, but when you watch what he does on the football field, who cares? [PFT]

5. Dan Levy asks where Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg will start the season. If they have any shot at fielding a good team, fine if they move him to the bigs. Otherwise, there's no reason to rush him (except for money of course). [The Sporting Blog]

4. Tim Panaccio says Brian Boucher is ready to take advantage of his opportunity to play. I say when is Michael Leighton coming back? [CSN]

3. Cornell falls in at number three on a list of double-digit seeded teams who could create an upset in the Tournament. Several people are predicting they could cause trouble for Temple. [The Sporting News]

2. Ashley Fox determines Andrews simply wasn't worth the trouble to the Birds. I'm sure that's how they felt about it, but it's not as if they don't have a need for Pro Bowl linemen. [Inquirer]

1. The Phillies will cap the number of season ticket plans they sell at 28,750, which is nice because it's already becoming an impossible ticket to get. But as of this writing, they are already at 28,500, so you better act fas... too late. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

COMMENT OF THE DAY

Woah woah woah... We got my boy Darryl Tapp? When did this happen?

Nice! Got to watch him when he was at Virginia Tech and let me tell you, he can play very well. He was a blitzer in college, and that should carry over to the pros. Good, solid pickup. He was a gamechanger for the Hokies. Don't think he'll be that way for the Eagles, but its a definite improvement. Under the radar, very solid trade. He'll be with the Birds for the long-haul.

- Beardface

EXTRA POINT

Deadspin is reporting chair shots to the head have been banned by the WWE. This is an OUTRAGE!

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P