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Injury Report: Philadelphia at Dallas

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles head to Big D with their playoffs hopes still alive. The Football Team would have to lose to the Panthers. Good news, their game starts 20 minutes before Eagles vs. Cowboys so both teams will know what they're playing for. More good news, the Eagles get some playmakers back on offense and defense!

Injury Report 

Philadelphia Eagles 


Desean Jackson WR

DJax is back after that seemingly gruesome ankle injury Jackson suffered against the Giants. Jalen Hurts now has a legitimate speed threat on the outside and a dangerous playmaker on the offense.

Darius Slay CB

Slay has completed concussion protocol and will be active for Dallas week. The Eagles are getting studs back on both sides of the ball and that should help out mightily.


Josh Sweat DE

Sweat has been having somewhat of a breakout year. Avoiding injuries has been a large part of that. Not this week. Sweat missed practice every day this week and will be out against the Cowboys (he was placed on IR on Saturday).

Kevon Seymour CB

Seymour was one of those corners no one had heard of coming into last week. With the Eagles secondary already decimated by injury, Seymour is also out with a knee injury (he was placed on IR Saturday).

Duke Riley LB

Riley has been a big part of the Eagles special team units and even has played decent on defense. Alas, Riley missed a big chunk of time with a bicep injury and is out this week.

Richard Rodgers TE

Richard Rodgers had been a sort of safety blanket at points this season when Ertz and Goedert had missed time. Not this week. Rodgers is out this week with an ankle injury.

Derek Barnett DE

Another big loss on the defensive front this week. Barnett is out this week with a calf injury. Genard Avery will see more time this week due to the injuries.


Fletcher Cox DT

Fletch missed practice all week with a neck injury. Cox misses time almost every week so his practice time isn’t a deal breaker but Cox would be a huge loss if he is out this week.

Cameron Johnston P

Johnston missed the end of the game last week after suffering a concussion. Johnston is still a game time decision but with Doug’s aggressiveness offensively it may not make a difference.

Dallas Cowboys


Leighton Vander Esch LB

Vander Esch has always struggled with injuries. This week he is suffering from an ankle injury and the Cowboys lose one of their leaders on defense.

Antwaun Woods DT

Like Vander Esch, Woods also missed time all week with an ankle injury. Woods’ backup is Tyrone Crawford, who is no slouch and will definitely make an impact.

Xavier Woods S

Xavier Woods missed practice all week suffering from a rib injury. The lone bright spot in the Cowboys secondary is out and will be replaced by Reggie Robinson II.

Rashard Robinson DB

Robinson is out with a knee injury. Robinson is a backup corner and more of a special teams guy but nonetheless will not be active against the Eagles.


Ezekiel Elliot RB

Zeke missed last week’s game with a calf injury. His first game missed as a pro. Currently, he is still questionable with the same injury. Pollard was a more than respectable backup last week and will get a lot of touches whether Elliot plays or not.

Blake Bell TE

Bell is the Cowboys backup tight end and is a game time decision while he deals with a non-COVID related illness.

Will the Phillies See Any Real Change in the 2021 Season?

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By Siobhan Nolan, Contributing Writer

There were three things to note at the end of the Phillies’ lackluster 2020 season:

1. This was a team lacking in confidence, desire, and motivation.

2. There weren’t just a few little holes in the team that needed patching—a full renovation was desperately needed.

3. These problems need fixing, and they need it urgently.

Following such a horrendous season, it seemed inconceivable that things could get worse for the Phillies organization. After all, after one hits rock bottom, the only way is up, right?

Well...not exactly.

On October 3, general manager (at the time) Matt Klentak stepped down, causing a headache-inducing scramble for a new general manager, in which several ideal candidates reportedly turned down the Phillies’ offer. Later that month, a disastrous press conference saw team president Andy MacPhail imply that the COVID-19 pandemic made it nearly impossible to hire a new general manager until 2021 (even though the 76ers had been able to welcome a new manager and President of Basketball Operations during the pandemic.) It was also alleged that the Phillies had lost around $2 billion because of the pandemic, only for it to come out later that their losses totaled closer to $145 million.

There was also the looming threat of J.T. Realmuto’s contract to contend with. According to reports, Realmuto would prefer to stay in Philadelphia, but if another team was offering the money, that’s where he would go. Jim Salisbury reported:

According to a person close to Realmuto, the catcher, an Oklahoma native, would like to remain in Philadelphia and is not particularly keen on playing in New York. However, if that’s where the record-setting money is, Realmuto will eat heroes instead of hoagies.

There were also rumors that pitcher Zach Wheeler, who had only been brought in last year, was also going to be put on the trade block. These stories were swiftly denied, but it certainly didn’t help fans’ fervent disgruntlement with the team. At that point, the Phillies had to make improvements and make them quickly, or risk further alienating a fanbase that has stuck by them through the best and worst of times.

However, the tide has been turning in the Phillies’ favor. Dave Dombrowski was named the new President of Baseball Operations, while Sam Fuld was recently promoted to become the permanent general manager. Both of these hirings in the front office, Dombrowski’s especially, reflect the club’s newly-adopted “win now” attitude. They recognize that a gradual rebuild is not the feasible solution for their current dire situation, and have taken the initiative to hire people that will kickstart the Phillies’ makeover. Dombrowski summed this up in his introductory press conference, saying:

“I consider this a retool, not a rebuild, for sure. I think there are too many good players on the club. We have a star player in right field in Bryce and some other good players around him, and any time you have three good starting pitchers like we have at the top of the rotation, you’re in pretty good shape to be competitive.

It is also being anticipated that the free agent market will be slow, which could make the Phillies advantageous in getting Realmuto’s signature. This is helped along by the fact that many teams that were reported to be in contention for Realmuto are understood to not be pursuing the catcher as actively as when he first hit the market. The New York Mets signed James McCann to bolster their catching options, while the New York Yankees seem to be more occupied with re-signing infielder D.J. LaMahieu rather than bringing in a catcher. The Washington Nationals were also strong contenders to nab Realmuto, but their already high payroll might prevent them from being able to offer Realmuto the money he’s asking for. These developments, along with Realmuto’s agent reaching out to welcome Dombrowski to Philadelphia, have given the Phillies the upper hand in keeping Realmuto on their roster.

Of course, any significant improvement will only show itself once the 2021 season actually gets underway. While changes in the front office are welcome evidence of a newfound aggressiveness, the responsibility to perform well and live up to expectations (that have been lowered spectacularly) ultimately falls on the players. It’s safe to say that nobody is picking the Phillies to be World Series champions next year, but improved pitching, improved hitting, and an appearance in the playoffs will be enough to stave off fans’ torches and pitchforks—for now.

DeSean Returns As Two More Hit IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The major headline for the Eagles on December 25 was that veteran receiver DeSean Jackson was to be activated off IR by the 26th.


On Saturday, the team did activate the veteran, while also placing promising young DE Josh Sweat on IR along with recent starter Kevon Seymour, who played significantly at corner the last two weeks in a decimated position group.

While Jackson's activation did come true, why it was a big deal is beyond understanding.

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Trading Carson Wentz is Nearly Impossible

The idea of trading Carson Wentz is nearly impossible.

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Things to Watch: Sixers versus Knicks

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Editor

After a promising win on Wednesday to kick off the season, the Sixers are back in action. Next up is a matchup against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Here are three things to watch in the contest. 

Hitting the road 

This game kicks off the first road trip of the 2020-2021 campaign. As we know, the Sixers had their struggles last year when playing outside of Philadelphia. How they handle their first game on the road is a key thing to watch in this game. 

Last season the Sixers posted a 12-26 record on the road. This poor play on the road would be a major factor to the Sixers ending the regular season as the sixth seed in the conference. 

If the Sixers want to be a serious contender this year, they need to improve at winning on the road. Now that the team is under a new coaching staff, it will be interesting to see how this team improves when not playing in the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Embiid + shooters lineup 

Heading into the fourth quarter against the Wizards on Wednesday, the Sixers found themselves down double digits. Doc Rivers decided to switch things up after a shaky third quarter and roll out a lineup of Joel Embiid and four floor spacers. 

This lineup thrived and Embiid almost single-handedly erased the deficit and swung the momentum back in the Sixers' favor. After seeing how well that type of lineup worked, how often it will be used is something to keep an eye on. 

Despite the Knicks being deeper at the center position than the Wizards, this lineup should see the floor again in this game. Joel Embiid is arguably the most unguardable center in the NBA right now, teams are going to have a tough time slowing him down if they are forced to defend him on an island. 

Defending on the perimeter 

Outside of their two centers, the Knicks have a very perimeter-focused team. Although it is only a one-game sample size, it looks like this team is focusing on letting the ball fly from deep. 

Defending well away from the basket is going to be a must if the Sixers want to walk away with a win. From RJ Barrett to former Sixer Alec Burks, the Knicks have multiple players who can put the ball on the floor and create. 

Transition defense has been a weak area for the Sixers since the preseason, and this young Knicks team will likely come out and try to push the tempo. Making sure to communicate in transition and not allow the Knicks to get good looks on offense should be a major focus on defense. 


Week 16 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1) at Dallas Cowboys (5-9)

By Matt Szczypiorski, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

The Eagles head south for a date with the hated Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World on Sunday afternoon. This game is a prime instance of a, “Throw the records out the window,” game. Both teams have been barely watchable this season, which is something that neither franchise has been overly accustomed to in the 21st century.

Even with both teams being objectively awful, this game still carries significance. Both teams are still technically in the NFC East hunt, though the Eagles have an “easier” route to the division title than Dallas does.

If the Eagles were to win, coupled with a Washington loss to Carolina on Sunday evening, the Birds matchup with the Football Team next week would decide the division.

If Dallas beats the Eagles this week and the Giants next week, and Washington loses both of their remaining games, Dallas would get the NFC East “crown.”

Though the records are disgusting and the teams have been hard to watch all season long, this game has the potential to hold a lot of weight in the final standings.

Or, if the team without a real name wins, it could mean nothing.

Either way, it’s Eagles-Cowboys. If nothing else, this game is for pride and bragging rights.

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Phillies: 2021’s Free-Agent Thaw in January


By Tal Venada, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

While the Philadelphia Phillies wait for the last full month to re-sign or ink stars for next season’s roster, their main rival for JT Realmuto is also pursuing two other top free agents. And the execs not only know it, but they also expected his market to develop this way. No credit if successful?                                                                


Influential Competition:

For the Phillies faithful who believe Realmuto should either receive what he wants or is worth, the other side would see weakness and an opportunity for more than both. Unfortunately, no easy way exists when the stakes are high, but knowing your competition and the superstar you want to re-up makes it doable.                      


“Information is a negotiator's greatest weapon.” - Victor Kiam

Sam Fuld is the new general manager after serving as director of integrative baseball performance, an analytical position. Basically, his role was teaching data to hitters from a former player instead of someone who doesn’t know the difficulties involved: This is a recent MLB approach for a slight edge.    

Making the final decisions on all of Fuld’s moves will be Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations. Fuld’s hire was partly due to being in the dugout, and this current arrangement might continue for about a year. So, fans can relax because both will be working on roster construction.    

Franchises have five offseason methods for 2020-21. They are high bidders, bargain hunters, both approaches (the Phillies), early dealmakers and rebuilding organizations signing players they can flip at the trading deadline after adding their veteran presence.                

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2020-21 Season Schedule Could Restore Rivalries with Flyers Divisional Foes

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

As the Flyers made their first significant playoff run in nearly a decade, you started to see what makes playoff hockey so enjoyable. There was a new sense of rivalry, that going to battle for six games against the Montreal Canadiens and seven games against the New York Islanders created some animosity between the two sides.

Take that emotion and bottle it up into a 56-game schedule where you play the same seven teams for the entire season and it’s a recipe for rivalry. The 2020-21 season schedule will be the strangest we’ve seen so far, but it has a chance to restore some of the rivalries between the Flyers and their divisional foes.

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Fletcher Discuss Flyers Roster Ahead of Season

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers season begins in just under three weeks, the schedule release on Wednesday afternoon an early Christmas present for fans. Shortly after the NHL released the schedule, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher spoke to the media, covering a range of topics surrounding the 2020-21 roster and how the Flyers will manage things in a shortened season.

As part of the shortened season and the lack of minor-league play taking place at the same time, there could be a lot of moving parts to the “taxi squad” the team will have to keep players close in the event that a last-minute switch to the lineup is needed. Fletcher said that the Flyers plan to keep 23 players on the active roster, the maximum allowed, and to use the taxi squad to keep some of the top recalled players close by.

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Flyers 2020-21 Season Schedule Released

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Hockey is right around the corner, as the 56-game season is set to get underway on Jan. 13. It all started to feel a little more real on Wednesday as the NHL announced the schedules for all teams.

The Flyers are set to open the 2020-21 season on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The rest of the Flyers schedule is listed below. The start time for all games is TBA.

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