Lo­gan’s sta­tus in doubt vs, Lions

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> De­fen­sive tackle Ben­nie Lo­gan was held out of prac­tice Fri­day and listed as ques­tion­able for the Ea­gles’ game Sun­day with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Lo­gan’s calf acted up Thurs­day and re­sulted in a lim­ited prac­tice.

“He’s ques­tion­able but he’s feel­ing much bet­ter to­day,” head coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “I don’t dive into the med­i­cal part of it. A lot of times it’s a knot that kind of just locks up on you in there. But it def­i­nitely feels bet­ter.”

Lo­gan has three tack­les, in­clud­ing one for loss, a sack, a forced fum­ble and a blocked field goal for the Ea­gles. He and Fletcher Cox, the NFC de­fen­sive player of the month, an­chor the run de­fense that ranks third in the league.

All of the other Ea­gles prac­ticed, in­clud­ing lead­ing rusher Ryan Mathews (an­kle). Ped­er­son said Mathews has had “a great week of prac­tice.”

Mathews tops the Birds with 33 rushes, 104 rush­ing yards and three rush­ing scores.

The Lions have se­ri­ous health is­sues. Star linebacker DeAn­dre Levy (quad, knee) is out in­def­i­nitely.

Pass rusher Ezekiel An­sah (knee) and tight end Eric Ebron (knee) are out this week­end. Run­ning back Dwayne Wash­ing­ton (an­kle, foot) is doubt­ful. All are key com­po­nents for the Lions. Safeties Don Carey (ribs) and Tavon Wil­son (neck) are ques­tion­able, as is wide re­ceiver Marvin Jones (ham­string). Jones and Wil­son par­tic­i­pated fully in the Fri­day prac­tice.

*** With three dropped passes, Ea­gles re­ceiver Jor­dan Matthews is tied for sec­ond in the NFL with An­quan Boldin and Marvin Jones of the Lions, among oth­ers. Ea­gles run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les and the Lions’ Ebron have two drops each.

The Lions lead the league with 10 drops. Add those to Matthew Stafford’s num­bers and he’d be com­plet­ing 73 per­cent of his at­tempts with seven touch­down passes and four in­ter­cep­tions.

The Ea­gles have dropped seven passes, 10th in the NFL. Car­son Wentz would have a 71.5 com­ple­tion per­cent­age mi­nus the drops.

*** NOTES >> Ea­gles pass rusher Bran­don Gra­ham is tied with Cox for the team lead with three sacks. With a sack Sun­day, Gra­ham can match the start of Ja­son Babin, who had a sack in each of the first four games of the 2011 sea­son. Gra­ham’s home­town is Detroit, and he pur­chased 40 tick­ets for fam­ily and friends to watch him in ac­tion Sun­day . ... The Ea­gles signed guards Dar­rell Greene and Matt Rotheram to the prac­tice squad. Re­leased to make room: Linebacker Don Cherry (Vil­lanova) and cor­ner­back JaCorey Shep­herd.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Ea­gles de­fen­sive tackle Ben­nie Lo­gan, right, is hob­bled by a calf mus­cle prob­lem and is listed as ques­tion­able for the Birds’ game in Detroit Sun­day against the Lions.

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