As the players gathered at the NovaCare Complex on Monday for their first practice since blowing out Denver on November 5, that much was obvious. That was the last game before Philadelphia's bye week, giving Ertz a chance to recover.
The Eagles acquired Darby in August from the Bills in exchange for a third-round pick and reliable slot receiver Jordan Matthews.
So it sucked big time when he went down in the season opener with a busted ankle.
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This season, the Vikings started off winning behind inspired play by former Eagle Bradford and rookie running back Dalvin Cook.
Darby is counting on his teammates to push him.
The team's one hiccup came in a Week 2 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, who have beaten the New England Patriots and are in full control of the AFC West. Philadelphia has been unstoppable ever since their one loss, and they seem to be getting better each week. "These boys have been holding it down". As long as they can protect the football, there's no reason to think the victories can't keep coming. "Coach knows now what I can do". "I already knew the cornerbacks we had were really good". They have the best defensive player in Fletcher Cox.
Last year, these teams split but that's a bit misleading.
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"When the Eagles also get LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and the run game going, they're unstoppable". "You look at what's going on, but you've got to make sure you don't get caught up in what's going on". Almost half (eight) came behind the line of scrimmage. Can the Eagles replicate the success the Falcons celebrated last week?
"I'm just trying to learn the defense and get my legs up under me and fit in where needed", he said. I didn't feel like I had to rush back as soon as possible.
Ellerbe said his ankle hasn't been an issue since training camp and felt his workout with the Eagles two weeks earlier went well. Despite the spectacular start for the Eagles, there are three teams sitting a game behind the Birds in the conference race. They made room for him on the roster by placing Hicks on injured reserve.
While they've been excellent all year, they could surely use added firepower at cornerback. The decision came as a surprise because McDougle had been thought to be playing well as a rotational member of the defense. They're happy to have Darby back.
A variety of injuries have kept Ellerbe from having a more productive career since signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2009.
With the way the Cowboys have played in the past without Sean Lee, and due to their star running back missing at least the next three and possibly five games, and not to mention their future hall of fame left tackle being hampered by a groin injury, Dallas cannot afford to be without the linebacker for an extended period of time.