Logan’s status in doubt vs, Lions
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.
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.