The Purge Continues: Darren Howard, Kevin Curtis Out

The Purge Continues: Darren Howard, Kevin Curtis Out

Chalk up another pair of breaking stories by Jeff McLane. According to the Inquirer reporter, the Eagles severed ties with a second defensive end today, releasing former mega-free agent signings Darren Howard and Kevin Curtis. They avoid paying each of them a $1 million roster bonus and $3.5 million (est.) base salaries in 2010. Howard's cap value ballooned to over $8 million in 2011, while Curtis saw base salary increases through the length of his contract, peaking at $6.4 mil in 2012.

After signing a huge deal with the Birds in 2006, Howard started all 16 games, producing a very underwhelming 5.0 sacks that season. He was demoted the following season, and despite playing all 16 games, his snaps were limited and he added just 1.0 sack. Things would turn around in a big way though. Howard showed up to camp in '08 much lighter, and it translated to an improved performance on gameday, reaching the quarterback 10 times from his situational role. Last season he finished with 6.5.

You could certainly question the wisdom behind releasing one of the club's only legitimate pass rushers outside of Trent Cole. They need to add talent at defensive end, not get rid of it. This obviously speaks volumes on how they feel about the addition of Darryl Tapp, who expects to see time on the left side. They are also very likely to draft another end, so it could be a crowded group come May.

While Howard wasn't a total bust, he never lived up to his contract after accumulating 44.5 sacks in six season with the Saints. It's worth noting he signed coming off a knee injury, and had missed at least four starts between '03-'05. Ironically enough, Iggles Blog just posted earlier today a surprising stat and argued he should remain an Eagle.

The release of Kevin Curtis is absolutely not a surprise. With Jeremy Maclin contributing a solid rookie season, and Jason Avant proving to be a reliable slot receiver, the writing was on the wall for Curtis. He caught 77 passes for 1,110 yards and 6 touchdowns in his first season, but injuries limited him to just nine starts in the past two seasons.

With his strong showing in 2007, the former Rams receiver proved he could be more than a slot receiver in the NFL in terms of ability, but ultimately the extended use may have factored into his inability to stay on the field.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.