Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fletcher Cox sustains a concussion

By Zach Berman

Fletcher Cox sustains a concussion

By Zach Berman

Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sustained a concussion in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, making the rookie first-round pick the fourth Eagles starter to suffer that injury this season.

Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Brent Celek have all missed games this season with concussions. There is no word on Cox’s status for next week, as the Eagles put their players through a rigorous five-step concussion recovery process.

Nick Foles’ hand contusion was the only other notable injury suffered during the game. Fullback Stanley Havili missed the game with a hamstring injury and running back Chris Polk was sidelined with a toe injury.

INTERCEPTION DROUGHT ENDS

Colt Anderson’s fourth-quarter interception marked the Eagles’ first interception since the second quarter of a Week 6 loss to the Detroit Lions. The play came on a second down at the Redskins’ 42-yard line with Washington holding a 27-13 lead. Robert Griffin III’s pass deflected off of wide receiver Josh Morgan and into the hands of Anderson.

“The ball just fell right in my hands,” Anderson said.

It was the only turnover the Eagles forced. They committed two turnovers, extending their turnover margin to minus-23.

BRYCE BROWN RETURNS KICKS

Bryce Brown started at kick returner for the second time this season. Brown filled that job for one game before McCoy’s concussion. He finished with 74 yards on four returns with a long of 22.

His average was not better than that of Brandon Boykin, who has filled that spot for most of the season. Boykin was drafted, in part, to bolster the Eagles’ special teams, but the Eagles sought more production after mediocre performances this year.

“If that blame and responsibility is placed on me, that’s fine,” Boykin said. “But at the same time, having somebody like Bryce who’s a great running back and ball carrier, and with [McCoy] coming back, [Brown] can get the ball as many ways as he can.”

Brown rushed only four times for 18 yards, and only once after halftime. McCoy took most of the snaps at running back.

Boykin continued to contribute to defense, even recording the defense’s lone sack and forcing a fumble.

EXTRA POINTS

Fullback Emil Igwenagu made his first NFL start, replacing Havili in the lineup. Igwenagu was the 10th Eagle to make his first start this season. ...Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook served as honorary captain for Sunday’s game. Westbrook played eight seasons in Philadelphia and is the franchise’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage with 9,785. ...Long-time video director Mike Dougherty worked his final home game after 37 years in the role. The Delaware County resident has worked 775 games and will retire at the end of the season.

 

Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ZBerm.

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