The Philadelphia Eagles have been adamant that either Michael Vick or Nick Foles could be the team's starting quarterback this season. It seems as though Vick might have an edge, however, as Chip Kelly is putting the more-athletic player in charge of the first team for Friday's preseason opener.
Vick started 10 games for the Eagles last season, and Foles was at the helm for the remaining six, but not much should be gleaned from last season now that Kelly is in charge of the offense.
Brandon Moore is perhaps going to go down in history for his part in the notorious "buttfumble" play during this past season with the New York Jets. The veteran offensive lineman made headlines for a different reason in the past 24 hours, though, deciding to sign with the Dallas Cowboys and then retire before boarding the plane.
Moore started 142 games during his 10-year career with the Jets, but was set to join the Cowboys on Wednesday as an injury-replacement along their offensive line. The 33-year-old decided not to get on the plane, however, because he didn't want to uproot his family.
Unsurprisingly, this shocked Blogging The Boys' Dave Haprin.
Last night as I went to bed I was pretty excited about what I thought would be the Cowboys new offensive line. Smith-Leary-Frederick-Moore-Free sounds good, it gave one hope that the Cowboys line could actually turn into an asset.
The Cowboys would have turned over all three interior spots that have been so problematic in the past. Brandon Moore would have been the last piece of the puzzle and last night Dallas thought they had reached a one-year deal with free agent guard from the New York Jets.
Fellow veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters is likely going to be the team's next target.
The Eagles now have even more to worry about than just their starting quarterback and the ongoing Riley Cooper saga, however, as wide receiver Arrelious Benn will miss the upcoming season after being placed on the injured reserve Wednesday.
Benn wasn't a lock to make the Eagles roster, but he was listed as the fourth-option on their preseason depth chart. His injury continues a disturbing trend for Philadelphia, too, as explained by Bleeding Green Nation's Jimmy Kempski:
Arrelious Benn went down at one point during practice today. He got up, limped off, and I can't recall seeing him for the rest of practice. It turns out Benn tore his left ACL. If that is indeed the play on which he got injured, it is the 3rd ACL that has occurred on the middle field at the NovaCare complex.
Benn's placement on the injured reserve Wednesday followed in some familiar footsteps around the NFL:
- 25-year-old wide receiver Donald Jones retired from the NFL on Wednesday, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, after finding out that continuing to play football with his kidney issues could be more dangerous than he initially expected. Jones was released by the New England Patriots prior to training camp and decided to retire after a health scare during a recent physical with the Indianapolis Colts.
- Early Doucet's contract was terminated early by the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, the team announced on Twitter, after signing the wide receiver last week. Doucet only practiced once with Seattle because he was apparently dealing with "some issues" and an unknown injury, according to comments from head coach Pete Carroll.
- The New Orleans Saints lost defensive end Kenyon Coleman and wide receiver Joe Morgan for the season due to their respective knee and pectoral injuries.
- Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the upcoming season due to a torn hamstring. The veteran defensive back played a key role behind starters Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings last season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth might not be out for the season, but the veteran was carted off the field on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury.
- Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Mike Johnson scheduled surgery to repair the fractured fibula and dislocated ankle sustained at Tuesday's practice. A timetable for his return will likely be announced following the surgery, but there's a chance he could miss the entire season.
- Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson isn't quite as hurt as the above players, but he will miss his team's first preseason game after being kicked in the shin at a practice last week..
The Green Bay Packers have dealt with a few big injuries of their own already in training camp, but that's not why the Super Bowl contenders get their own headline in this column. They get that because their likely should have been an injury after tight end Jermichael Finley caused a bit of a ruckus.