PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews is not expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a sprained ankle, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
If Matthews sits, it would be his first missed game in his three-year NFL career.
Matthews, who is listed as questionable, suffered a right ankle sprain Monday against the Green Bay Packers. He was hobbling while running routes Thursday, and he was not on the field for Friday’s practice.
Fellow receiver Nelson Agholor, meanwhile, is expected to be active against the Bengals, a source told ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
Agholor, a 2015 first-round pick for the Eagles, was a healthy inactive for the team’s Week 12 home game against the Packers. He did not play against Green Bay after acknowledging that he was going through a “mental battle” with football.
“His mind has been great, his attitude has been really good, he’s been working hard,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Agholor. “Everything is leaning towards keeping him active.”
Pederson suggested he could try to bolster Agholor’s confidence by designing a quick screen or something similar for him early in Sunday’s game.
Fletcher Cox has agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension through 2022 with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Monday.
Fletcher Cox earns $103 million vote of confidence from Eagles
Everything has fallen into place for Fletcher Cox to be a truly dominating defensive player. That is what the Eagles believed Cox would become when they drafted him. That is why they took a $63 million risk on Cox — because they don’t think it’s much of a risk at all.
What Fletcher Cox’s huge deal means for Von Miller, others
Von Miller and top defensive linemen with contracts nearing completion likely got a boost from Fletcher Cox’s deal, which includes $63 million in guarantees.
The deal is worth $103 million with $63 million in guaranteed money, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. That means the Pro Bowl defensive lineman will have the highest guarantee for a non-quarterback in NFL history.
Cox gets $36.299 fully guaranteed at signing, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Another $19.25 million in guarantees kicks in in March 2017, and another $7.75 million in guarantees kicks in in March of 2018.
Cox had skipped the previous month of organized team activities as he and his agent tried to work out a long-term contract with the Eagles. The 25-year-old reported to the NovaCare Complex a week ago.
Cox, a first-round pick in 2012, went to the Pro Bowl this year after recording a career-high 9.5 sacks in 2015. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cox led the Eagles by making 24 tackles for a loss or no gain last season. In his four-year career, Cox has 22 sacks and six fumble recoveries.
After three seasons as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, Cox is expected to return to defensive tackle in coordinator Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 defense.
Now sufficiently armed, the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line was able to join quarterback Carson Wentz in his element.
Wentz bought high-end Beretta shotguns for his O-line for Christmas. They were still in the process of being customized at the time, so Wentz sent a text message to the group with a picture of the guns attached. It appears they have come in.
Had a blast with the o-line shooting some guns and eating some steak and potatoes #flyeaglesfly
A post shared by Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz11) on May 2, 2017 at 6:31pm PDT
Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Allen Barbre and Dillon Gordon (wearing a throwback jersey from his LSU days) appear to be among those pictured. Seumalo admitted upon receiving Wentz’s gift that he hadn’t held a gun before, but “Carson said he’d teach me how to use it and all that good stuff.”
It appears Wentz stayed true to his word.
Wentz spends a good portion of his downtime with a gun in his hands, it seems. He was lying in a cornfield hunting geese when he got the call saying he would be the team’s starter after Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. We also learned that he went hunting with baseball star Mike Trout at one point last year.
This offseason has been no different. Wentz has a YouTube channel called “Wentz Bros Outdoors” that shows him and members of his inner circle doing everything from dusting clay pigeons to shooting snow geese in Arkansas.
There’s even one of Wentz bow-hunting deer during a couple down days last season.
As the offensive linemen are learning, if you’re hanging with Wentz outside of football, there’s at least a decent chance that a firearm is involved.