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