Groin in­jury may keep Lo­gan out

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

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Ex­ten­sive film re­view re­vealed there was one Ea­gles de­fen­sive player who had an out­stand­ing game against the Red­skins.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Birds, Ben­nie Lo­gan al­most cer­tainly will sit out this week with a groin in­jury, leav­ing Beau Allen, the 6-3, 327-pound tackle with two starts, the next man up when they op­pose the Vik­ings Sun­day at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field (1 p.m., Chan­nel 29).

“I’ve played a lot of snaps in this de­fense,” Allen said. “I’ve played a lot over the last three years and I’ve started games for this team, so it’s kind of noth­ing re­ally new. It’s my first start this sea­son, but not my first start in the NFL.”

Allen has six tack­les, in­clud­ing one for a loss in five games. Lo­gan had seven tack­les with 2 sacks and two tack­les for loss.

Rookie Destiny Vaeao (1 sack) also can ex­pect ex­tra snaps as the Ea­gles try to im­prove on a week in which they gave up 493 yards, in­clud­ing 230 on the ground in a 27-20 loss to the Red­skins.

“The big­gest thing was that Ben­nie Lo­gan was prob­a­bly the only guy who had a good game and he got hurt,” Ea­gles safety Mal­colm Jenk­ins said. “Ev­ery­body kind of took their turn ei­ther blow­ing an as­sign­ment or just mak­ing mis­takes. And col­lec­tively, when you add it all up, it’s a lot of bad foot­ball. So it’s stuff that we can cor­rect. I think the big­gest thing is when you have a team run­ning the ball like they did and they keep the ball with the time of pos­ses­sion and the amount of plays that you’re out there, all of a sud­den you start get­ting tired and the ef­fort gets low. And then it snow­balls into some­thing worse. The big­gest thing is not let­ting that get out of con­trol.”

The Ea­gles want to make life un­com­fort­able for Sam Brad­ford, who quar­ter­backed them last year. Brad­ford has six touch­downs, no in­ter­cep­tions and a 109.8 pass rating.

“He’s great at what he does, which is stand in the pocket and de­liv­er­ing ac­cu­rate throws and pro­tect­ing the ball,” Allen said. “We know that and he’s done a re­ally good job of it. We know he’s not mo­bile. And we’re go­ing to try to take ad­van­tage of that de­fen­sively.” •••

Lo­gan was among sev­eral Ea­gles held out of prac­tice Wed­nes­day.

The oth­ers are cor­ner­back Ron Brooks (calf), cen­ter Ja­son Kelce (foot) and de­fen­sive end Mar­cus Smith (groin).

Steve Wis­niewski took the snaps at the pivot in place of Kelce, who has plan­tar fasci­itis.

Mean­while guard Allen Bar­bre (an­kle), line­backer My­chal Ken­dricks (ribs) and wide re­ceiver Jor­dan Matthews (knee) were lim­ited at prac­tice.

The good news is that cor­ner­back Leodis McKelvin (ham­string), who was scratched Sun­day, prac­ticed fully for the Ea­gles.

Ditto safety Rod­ney McLeod (shoul­der).

••• Tight end MyCole Pruitt (knee-an­kle) and de­fen­sive tackle Shar­rif Floyd (knee), the prod­uct of Washington High in Philly, didn’t prac­tice for the Vik­ings.

Lim­ited at prac­tice were wide re­ceivers Ste­fon Diggs (groin), Jairus Wright (an­kle) and Laquon Tread­well (thumb), and of­fen­sive tackle Jeremiah Sir­les (knee).

Of­fen­sive line­men Bran­don Fusco (con­cus­sion) and Alex Boone (knee), and line­backer An­thony Barr (an­kle) were full par­tic­i­pants.

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