McKelvin swears ham­string won’t keep him down

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

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Leodis McKelvin had ig­ni­tion, but no liftoff warm­ing up his ail­ing ham­string for the Ea­gles’ show­down last Sun­day with the Red­skins.

At the end of the day the 31-year-old corner­back didn’t know which felt worse, be­ing scratched for the third time in five games or con­sol­ing team­mates af­ter a sec­ond straight loss.

“Ticked off, I was sad a lit­tle bit,” McKelvin said Fri­day. “It’s just frus­trat­ing. The ini­tial burst was good. The ex­tra drive wasn’t there. Be­ing able to see the ball and track it, and be­ing able to ex­plode to go get it was the is­sue. That’s al­ways a prob­lem if some­body is go­ing to go deep on your ass.”

McKelvin isn’t go­ing to let any­thing keep his rear end out of the lineup Sun­day when the Ea­gles (32) op­pose the Vik­ings (50) at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field. McKelvin says he’ll suit up in spite of the in­jury re­port that lists him, de­fen­sive tackle Ben­nie Lo­gan (groin), corner­back Ron Brooks (calf) and line­backer My­chal Ken­dricks (ribs) as ques­tion­able.

McKelvin has prac­ticed in full all week. He and his de­fen­sive mates can­not wait to chal­lenge quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford, who they com­peted against through train­ing camp.

The week­end be­fore the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Ea­gles shipped Brad­ford to Min­nesota for first- and fourth-round draft picks. You don’t have to tell any­one around here that Brad­ford hasn’t thrown an in­ter­cep­tion this sea­son or that McKelvin hasn’t had a pick this year.

“Shoot, if you’re not out there play­ing, you’re not per­form­ing,” McKelvin said. “That’s how I feel. I’ve been with these guys since I came in here. We hit the grind to­gether. We’ve been prac­tic­ing. We’ve been do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to get to that point. And me not be­ing able to get to that point and be able to play and help my guys is def­i­nitely dis­ap­point­ing. It’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent this week. We’re go­ing to go out there this week, play as a team, win as a team.”

If Brooks is un­able to play, head coach Doug Ped­er­son in­di­cated the Ea­gles would roll with safety Mal­colm Jenk­ins at the nickel, as they’ve done in the past.

••• Fletcher Cox, for the sec­ond straight week was fined $9,115 for a per­sonal foul on a quar­ter­back.

This past week it was Kirk Cousins of the Red­skins.

Two weeks ago it was Matt Stafford of the Lions.

••• Though Ped­er­son said Lo­gan would be a ga­me­time de­ci­sion, he’s likely out this week at the min­i­mum.

Ped­er­son called de­fen­sive tackle Beau Allen, who would step into the start­ing lineup this week “one of the bright spots last week with his abil­ity to come off the ball.

“He’s a big­ger body guy that takes up some good space up front and draws a lot of dou­ble teams,” Ped­er­son said of Allen, who lists at 6-3, 327 pounds. “He and Fletcher Cox both, in there. He’s a high-en­ergy guy, a high-mo­tor guy that doesn’t seem to tire and wear down. If Ben­nie can’t go, then ob­vi­ously his work­load will in­crease ex­ten­sively in the next few games.” •••

Ped­er­son said he’s deal­ing with plan­tar fasci­itis, just like cen­ter Ja­son Kelce, and it’s “a nag­ging deal, kind of a sore.

“You can re­fer to it as a stone bruise, what­ever you want to re­fer to it as,” Ped­er­son said. “I talked to him yes­ter­day. He was fine yes­ter­day. We’ll just man­age him and make sure he’s get­ting treat­ment and the proper med­i­ca­tion and ev­ery­thing to try to keep it to a min­i­mum.”

Kelce was able to prac­tice fully ev­ery day but Wed­nes­day.

••• The Ea­gles hope to ro­tate all four of their run­ning backs into the game against the Vik­ings, which would seem am­bi­tious con­sid­er­ing the unique­ness of the de­fense and it’s Dou­bleA gap blitzes.

Vet­eran backs Ryan Mathews and Dar­ren Spro­les, the lat­ter de­spite his size, are much more adept at read­ing the blitzes, try­ing to pick them up and run­ning the quick routes nec­es­sary to de­feat it.

With 18,337 all-pur­pose yards, Spro­les needs just 120 more to pass LaDa­nian Tom­lin­son (18,456 from 2001-11) for eighth on the all-time NFL list.

••• NOTES >> Ken­dricks is the older brother of Vik­ings in­side line­backer Eric Ken­dricks, who helps make the A gap blitzes work. Four ac­tive Ea­gles have broth­ers play­ing in the NFL, the list also in­clud­ing Kelce, whose brother Travis plays tight end for the Chiefs, tight end Brent Celek, whose sib­ling Gar­rett is a tight end for the 49ers and safety Jaylen Watkins, whose brother Sammy is a wide re­ceiver with the Bills . ... Lau­ren Hart is sched­uled to sing the Na­tional An­them Sun­day amid breast cancer aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field. Hart sur­vived non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma and has thrown her sup­port be­hind causes fight­ing cancer.


Ea­gles de­fen­sive back Leodis McKelvin, left, here shad­ow­ing In­di­anapo­lis Colts wide re­ceiver Phillip Dorsett in a pre­sea­son game, has been both­ered by a ham­string in­jury but is pledg­ing to be in the lineup Sun­day against the Min­nesota Vik­ings.

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