In fact, missing from Vick's final-drive huddle were Center Jason Kelce, left tackle King Dunlap and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who had all left the game with injuries. They were replaced by a former practice squad member (Dallas Reynolds), a player who had been demoted and deactivated last week (Demetress Bell) and an undrafted rookie free agent (Damaris Johnson).
The Eagles’ offense still came through in the clutch for the second straight game, this time driving 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown in a 24-23 victory over Baltimore at Lincoln Financial Field. “It says a lot for the guys coming off the sideline and goes to show they’ve been doing a good job during the week of studying and paying attention,” Vick said. “They understand the concept that any given moment you can be out on the field and they stepped in. Those guys did a tremendous job out there for us today.”
Reynolds, who spent the last three seasons on the Eagles’ practice squad, made his NFL debut late in the third quarter after Kelce suffered a sprained right knee when the Ravens’ Ed Reed fell on his leg while Kelce was blocking for running back LeSean McCoy.
"We let Dallas know that we have confidence in him,” left guard Evan Mathis said. “And we could see the confidence in his eyes. Dallas has been preparing for this opportunity for a long time.”
Bell, who signed with the Eagles as a free agent this past offseason, was summoned on the next series when Dunlap limped off with a strained hamstring. Bell entered training camp as a starter but was demoted halfway through the preseason and was inactive for last week’s 17-16 victory at Cleveland.
UDFA rookie Damaris Johnson joined Reynolds and Dunlap on the field just a few plays later when Maclin aggravated his hip pointer while blocking. Again, the offense kept rolling. The Eagles drove to the Ravens’ 5-yard line on that series to set up place-kicker Alex Henery’s 23-yard field goal that tied the game at 17-17.
Reynolds and Bell left the locker room immediately after the game and were unavailable for comment. “One of them (Reynolds) touched the ball on every snap, so you have to give them credit,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “(Coming off the bench) is not an easy thing to do and they battled through it. From what I could see, they all did a pretty nice job.”
The entire offense did a nice job on the final drive. Vick needed 10 plays and a penalty to cover the 80 yards. He ended the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 55 seconds left in regulation.
Kelce had an MRI today and it revealed a partial medial ligament tear and ACL tear... he can rehab and play with a brace possibly in 6 to 8 weeks... but probably is being urged by his doctors to get in-season surgery for the best possible outcome and wait to come back to football until next year.
Nate Menkin and Dennis "Hagrid" Kelly are the only other linemen on the roster, but were not activated for this game as the Eagles decided to go heavy at other spots.
"I actually went over and talked to the defensive line about that," Reid cracked. "I was going to pick one of those guys. I would have started with the oldest and the heaviest one." Cullen Jenkins, at 31, certainly qualifies as the oldest, and was able to get a good chuckle out of that revelation.
If Kelce has to go on injured reserve, expect the Eagles to add another offensive lineman this week. That could be the worst news of all for wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who may be expendable now that Riley Cooper is close to returning from his broken collarbone. Gilyard had just re-signed with the Eagles on Tuesday.
At this very moment on a Monday evening, it appears that Evan Mathis is the current backup center for the Eagles. He has played there before.
One guy who plays alongside the offensive line is tight end Brent Celek. He was an unsung hero in the Ravens game, too. You definitely want to see Celek stay healthy. Not only does he take some blocking pressure off the line, he adds the playmaking factor as a big receiving target who can take a game into his own hands. Brent looks bigger and stronger than ever on his pass routes this year, and his runs after the catch are becoming fiercer every game. His plays get the home crowd jacked up, too.
Celek was a huge factor down the stretch, catching two passes for 37 yards during the drive. He finished with a team-high eight receptions for a career-high 157 yards. He also provided two of the biggest highlights.
He got the crowd riled up when he absorbed a vicious hit by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard late in the first quarter. Celek hung onto the ball for a 21-yard gain and then slowly got to his feet and signaled first down. In the third quarter, he hurdled Reed during a 24-yard pickup.
“I took a shot on that one play, but I just didn’t want to let (the Ravens) know that they got me that hard,” Celek said. “I wanted to get the crowd going and my team going. As for the hurdling, I’m not the most athletic tight end by any stretch, but when someone is coming at my knees, I try to go over them...Just to win this game feels amazing. Coming from behind every week is not something you wish for, but we’ll take it. It just shows the heart of our team. We have a never-lose attitude.”
Brent Celek had a huge day at TE against the Ravens... a real difference-maker...
I just want this to be clear then I will not say another word about it....
But to be VERY clear... I never accused or took "swanny" (or any other use of swan, polka, etc) as an attack on my daughter. Never.
I just won't respond to it because to me it has a negative association (trying to tweak me or give me shit... whatever) and to me it's tied to the act of taking my autistic kid to something I for a very long time never dreamed would be something I would be able to experience.
How tied? Welp, I only mentioned it because I was excited about her going to her 2nd ballet class... and if I didn't mention it... welp, the name is never born. And the reason I was excited is I'm sure obvious by now....
I just thought I'd explain to Palmy why I wasn't gonna be replying to him.
No hard feelings, and totally not a big deal... I should have just let Palmy be confused... he's used to the sensation after all.
WOW! On my way out I pass a full-length mirror.
Out of the corner of my Eagle-Eye I spot a tall (very handsome mid you) thin guy - I almost didn't recognize me!!!
I need a micro-waved cow with cheese!
All this Huff and Puff talk.....
gonna go have a ciggy.
Preparing to say goodbye to a lifelong companion.........
Hahaha! I figured Boner was whacked out on his meds! Earlier he was using shortened text style typing then he was watching that awfull Judge Judy! Flying High Again
Swanny. Makes me laugh and was never intended as an attack against ATVs little girl. The mention of ATV a a ballet and images of black Swan started swirling. I can't member who started it but they beat me to it. Lol. Do disrespect to the little one at all. Just friendly ribbing so ,,,,,deal Wiff it. It soots us
@tboned208 I know... I said as much... but I chose not to run... and I won't respond to any posts that address me as such. Might be a blessing to most of youse!
So - they huffed and puffed and huffed and puffed....but they couldn't blow the house down!
Now the Ravens are 1-1 !!!!!!!!!!
@PPW I still have a wardrobe choice to make for the game... getting kinda excited about being able to see them in person... but I'm a well known KOD and my presence there is making me a lil nervous actually LOL
@Palm Feathers nope... that's not in my nature tew let it slide ; )
I was just feeling pretty good about myself there.
Couldn't let me have the moment - huih?
Hey Spiff - if you're lurking out there.
What's your email address?
THe Queen's company is looking for an IT Supervisor.
anyway - don't know if it would be below or above what you do.
Will say this...hope you like the Blackhawks is all.............
@Palm Feathers you can email him through the espn FF sight... it will be delivered to his email account.
NE re-signs Deon Branch AND signs Winslow.
Little concern going on up there in Beantown?
This is VERY interesting... NO MENTION OF PLEX.
Call Belechek (sp?) what you want - the man's no fool.
@Palm Feathers I heard a rumor on ESPN they are trying to trade Welker.... hmmmmmmm
@PPW I just "chose not to run"...
@PPW Ok- I'm done : )
@PPW and obviously do not find it funny... but, seriously I don't hold any grudges on it from anyone who started it or perpetuated it.
yeah - don't hold things in - not good for you.
@PPW to be clear I don't think that's what they were doing at all... I would never accuse Bri or JB of that... but that's just what I personally connect it to... and I chose to ignore it because of it.
@Palm Feathers I just won't give it a response... and if you've noticed before now I have not said a word about it. But I respect ya Palm...
And D) to mess around like we do and eff with each is one thing, to bring people's spouses and ESP children into is FUCKED UP (sorry Palmy). Classless low life puke stains do that crap.
@Palm Feathers oh they can continue... so can you... it's not a big deal... but I figured you didn't realize the origin and thought I'd let you decide on your own... NBW
well - didn't know that. All family is OFF LIMITS.
Serious - takes a real MAN to raise kids - serious!
THe actual name was kinda funny - now it's not.
@atvcar @Palm 1) you don't know what 'collectively' even means. 2) the person who I've seen use it is unsavory, to say the least.
@Palm Feathers but it makes no sense.... and more importantly, it's origin was based off me taking my autistic kid to her ballet class... which I had unashamedly said how much it meant to me to be able to do so.... I've not acknowledged it from anyone else calling me it... but as I like ya I thought you should be aware the origin in case you didn't know.
you're the Star - take a bow - enjoy the moment.
Then reach back and cover your butt - LONELY at the Top
I can't help it - I LOVE the name Swanny!
@Palm Feathers have you noticed that I must have the most nicknames here... none tew flattering... but still the most.
@Palm Feathers SOB
Don't forget TENACITY - TENACITY..
@Palm Feathers his dad was the best I ever saw till Gonzo... jr never had a shot after his run in with a motorcycle... the dope!
Oh - and I thought the original Kellen Winslow was HOF material.
The kid - here in Tampa - a bit of trouble......
@Palm Feathers no no wait... it's cause they want him fresh for the end of the year and it's for his own good to trade him??? wait... none of that makes ANY sense... forget it.
@Palm Feathers he didn't take their franchise tender when they first offered it... and supposedly he and Josh McDaniels aren't getting along.