Brad­ford’s a no-show on Car­son’s post-game stage

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

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Sam Brad­ford was hold­ing court near mid­field, the cast of char­ac­ters trad­ing bear hugs with him be­fore the game in­clud­ing, among oth­ers, Doug Ped­er­son, Brent Celek and Chase Daniel.

Off to the side bid­ing his time and re­spect­ful of the oth­ers was Birds quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz, who ba­si­cally was given Brad­ford’s job.

Wentz waited for the traf­fic to clear be­fore giv­ing Brad­ford a ‘What’s up’ kind of hug. How did that go?

“It was really good,” Wentz said. “I have a lot of re­spect for him. We’re friends and he was talk­ing to every­body. Ev­ery­one was ex­cited to see him again. And it was fun to play him.”

When the game was over, Wentz again waited for Brad­ford. That’s what NFL quar­ter­backs do. All of them do, even if they hate each other. They had some­thing to com­mis­er­ate over, as they both had three give­aways.

Only Brad­ford never got there.

“I was look­ing for him,” Wentz said. “I was look­ing for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent guys.

“I never saw him af­ter the game.”

Just the fact that Wentz had to cover for Brad­ford will turn that into an event the rookie never will for­get. It’s OK to talk be­fore the game. But to come off as some­one who doesn’t feel like do­ing the sports­man­like thing af­ter the game, whether the kid took your job or not, well, that’s some­thing you drop in the LeSean McCoy file. Shady stiffed the me­dia af­ter making them wait for a half-hour af­ter his re­turn to the Linc re­sulted in a dis­ap­point­ing loss last year.

Maybe Brad­ford has fu­eled an in­ner rage of Wentz, who was big­ger than the man who big-timed him. At least it looked that way.

*** Ea­gles cor­ner­back Ron Brooks (knee, quad) and left of­fen­sive tackle Ja­son Peters (bi­ceps) were un­able to fin­ish the game. Matt Tobin stepped in at left tackle for Peters.

Ped­er­son said he would up­date the in­juries Mon­day, though there was much spec­u­la­tion that Brooks was through for the sea­son.

Guard Bran­don Brooks (an­kle) ex­ited for a chunk of a se­ries, Ste­fen Wis­niewski re­plac­ing him, but re­turned to ac­tion.

The Ea­gles also lost spe­cial teams line­backer Kamu Grugier-Hill (ham­string), who got a bo­gus run­ning into the kicker penalty in the first quar­ter al­though re­plays show he brushed the punter, Jeff Locke.

It was among three penal­ties com­mit­ted by the Ea­gles in the first six min­utes. The good news is the Ea­gles had just four penal­ties the rest of the way. The pre­vi­ous weeks they com­mit­ted 14, and 13 penal­ties.

*** With de­fen­sive tackle Ben­nie Lo­gan scratched, the Ea­gles pen­ciled Beau Allen into the lineup for his third ca­reer start. The Ea­gles are 19-16 when Lo­gan starts, in­clud­ing 3-2 this sea­son. They’re now 2-1 when Allen starts.

Allen made a huge stop on 218-pound run­ning back Matt Asi­ata with the Vik­ings in fourth-and-one from the Philly six-yard line with 13:21 re­main­ing. Allen had three stops, a quar­ter­back hurry and a fum­ble re­cov­ery.

*** NOTES >> Rod­ney McLeod leads all NFL safeties with a ca­reer­high three in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son. The Ea­gle also got his first ca­reer sack and forced a fum­ble. … The Ea­gles reg­is­tered six sacks, four forced fum­bles and one in­ter­cep­tion in a sin­gle game for just the third time since 2001.

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