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Eagles Notes: Fletcher Cox sustains concussion

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:50 AM

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Eagles Notes: Fletcher Cox sustains concussion

Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012, 2:10 AM


Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sustained a concussion in the Birds' 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, making the rookie first-round pick the fourth Eagles starter to suffer the injury this season.

Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Brent Celek have all missed games this season with concussions. There was no word on Cox's status for Sunday's game at the New York Giants, and the Eagles put their players through a rigorous five-step concussion-recovery process.

Nick Foles' hand contusion was the only other notable injury suffered during the game. Fullback Stanley Havili missed the game with a hamstring injury, and running back Chris Polk was sidelined with a toe injury.


Finally, a pick

Colt Anderson's fourth-quarter interception marked the Eagles' first pick since the second quarter of a Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions.

The play came on a second down at the Redskins' 42-yard line with Washington holding a 27-13 lead. Robert Griffin III's pass deflected off wide receiver Josh Morgan and right to Anderson.

"The ball just fell right in my hands," Anderson said.

It was the only turnover the Eagles forced. They committed two turnovers, making their turnover margin minus-23.



Brown and Boykin

Bryce Brown started at kick returner for the second time this season. Brown filled that job for one game before McCoy's concussion. He finished with 74 yards on four returns with a long return of 22 yards.

His average was not better than that of Brandon Boykin, who has filled that spot for most of the season. Boykin was drafted, in part, to bolster the Eagles special teams, but the club sought more production after mediocre performances this year.

"If that blame and responsibility is placed on me, that's fine," Boykin said. "But at the same time, having somebody like Bryce, who is a great running back and ballcarrier, and with [McCoy] coming back, [Brown] can get the ball as many ways as he can."

Brown rushed only four times for 18 yards, and only once after halftime. McCoy took most of the snaps at running back. Boykin continued to contribute to defense, even recording the defense's lone sack and forcing a fumble.


Dressing down

Defensive end Darryl Tapp and offensive guard Danny Watkins were both healthy scratches on Sunday. Both are usually active. Vick was also inactive, but he had been practicing as the No. 3 quarterback and was not expected to play.

Havili and Polk both missed the game with injuries, and the other two inactives were wide receiver Greg Salas and offensive lineman Matt Kopa. Neither has dressed for the Eagles this season.


Extra points

Eagles fullback Emil Igwenagu made his first NFL start, replacing Havili in the lineup. Igwenagu was the 10th Eagle to make his first start this season. . . . Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook served as honorary captain for Sunday's game. Westbrook, a Villanova grad, played eight seasons as a pro in Philadelphia and is the Eagles' all-time leader with 9,785 yards from scrimmage. . . . Longtime video director Mike Dougherty worked his final home game after 37 years in the role. The Delaware County resident has worked 775 games and will retire at the end of the season. . . . Redskins kicker Kai Forbath made his 17th straight field-goal attempt, setting an NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career. He made field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the first half.


Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer