With Car­roll con­cussed, Ped­er­son con­sid­ers op­tions

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Nolan Car­roll re­mained in concussion pro­to­col Mon­day, a day after the Ea­gles’ 24-15 vic­tory over the At­lanta Fal­cons.

While the Birds’ start­ing cor­ner­back can be cleared to re­sume play­ing at any time, Doug Ped­er­son al­ready has be­gun to con­sider al­ter­nate plans.

“Ob­vi­ously, Jalen Mills has done a great job in that po­si­tion,” he said. “And C.J. (Smith) pos­si­bly has the most ex­pe­ri­ence or at least the most reps play­ing at that cor­ner po­si­tion.”

The Ea­gles also have Aaron Grymes avail­able.

“He’s only been ac­tive a week, so we got to keep bring­ing him along with some more reps,” Ped­er­son said.

With Car­roll’s sit­u­a­tion, and with the re­cent ham­string trou­bles of Leodis McKelvin, the Ea­gles could be chal­lenged on the cor­ner when they visit the Seat­tle Sea­hawks Sun­day. How­ever, Ped­er­son does not an­tic­i­pate mak­ing a per­son­nel move.

“Not at this time, no,” the head coach said. “And it’s too early in the week to make that de­ci­sion. That’s one of those things we’ll see later in the week as they progress.” In the age of an­a­lyt­ics, where sports suc­cess can be claimed through mul­ti­ple mea­sur­ables, Ped­er­son has one way to judge his de­fense. One. “That we have one point more than them at the end of the game,” said Ped­er­son, gen­er­at­ing laugh­ter. “And I think Jim Schwartz feels the same way. If we just go out and ex­e­cute the game plan and do our jobs, things kind of take care of them­selves.”

So far this sea­son at the Linc, among other suc­cesses, the Birds have taken care of mar­quee quar­ter­backs Ben Roeth­lis­berger, Sam Brad­ford and Matt Ryan.

“We knew about At­lanta,” Ped­er­son said. “We knew the ex­plo­sive­ness they have on of­fense. We knew the ex­plo­sive­ness that Pitts­burgh had. We knew the fire­power that Min­nesota was bring­ing and the de­fense they had. It’s just a mat­ter of our guys em­brac­ing the game plan for that week.” The Ea­gles re­main dis­ap­pointed that the hit to the hel­met that Jor­dan Matthews ab­sorbed Sun­day from the Fal­cons’ Keanu Neal was not ruled a penalty.

Ped­er­son, how­ever, did not im­me­di­ately com­plain to the NFL.

“Not yet,” he said Mon­day, when asked if he’d had com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the league. “Not yet.”

His mood, how­ever, sug­gested that he could con­tinue the con­ver­sa­tion.

“We talk about player safety be­ing of No. 1 im­por­tance,” he said. “I’m not go­ing to get into a bunch of it here, but a de­fense­less re­ceiver try­ing to make a play hap­pens so fast.

“Lis­ten, the of­fi­cials are work­ing ex­tremely hard ev­ery week. They pride them­selves in do­ing the right thing. And they don’t want to be the rea­son for wins and losses.

“So there are things there, but by no means can we let it affect us, ob­vi­ously. I need to prob­a­bly be a lit­tle cooler in those sit­u­a­tions. But you’re also look­ing out for and pro­tect­ing your player.” NOTES >> Ter­rence Brooks was de­ac­ti­vated Sun­day and was “still nurs­ing” a ham­string in­jury Mon­day, Ped­er­son said … Allen Bar­bre (ham­string) will prac­tice this week, as will Brent Celek (rib), Des­tiny Vaeao (calf con­tu­sion) and Kamu Grugier-Hill (ham­string) …. Ja­son Kelce sus­tained a quad con­tu­sion against At­lanta but should be fine, Ped­er­son said … Though sore, Ben­nie Lo­gan (groin) played Sun­day and should be fine. McKelvin (ham­string) will prac­tice this week … The Ea­gles will be off Tues­day and re­turn to prac­tice Wed­nes­day ... The Birds added tight end Mar­cel Jensen to their prac­tice squad. Since go­ing un­drafted in 2014, the Fresno State prod­uct has been through the Jacksonville, Danve, At­lanta, Buf­falo, Chicago and Wash­ing­ton orgzniza­tions. He played in one game for the Redskins in 2015, and one for the Jags in 2014.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Ea­gles cor­ner­back Nolan Car­roll (23), shown be­ing carted off the field dur­ing a game last sea­son, suf­fered a concussion in Sun­day’s win over At­lanta.

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