Is something wrong with DeMarco Murray or are the Eagles simply being cautious? For what it’s worth, Chip Kelly stated that holding him out of the first preseason game was his call and that Murray is fine.
Same goes for Sam Bradford. It was Chip’s call and he just wanted to wait another week before putting him on the field (Bradford will play this week against Baltimore).
Granted, both players are supposed to play this week, but presumably in a limited capacity. Is the tentativeness due to something of concern or is it what “sports science” is telling them to do?
If it’s all sports science, then maybe Murray and Bradford need better smoothies with more protein powder for football players, available at Supps R Us!
I’m kidding, sort of, but are we to believe this is all sports science related? All the extra testing and numbers they run on all the players combined with statistical analysis are saying to take it easy with these guys?
Regarding Murray, Kelly did bring up sports science and a dehydration factor as to one of the reasons Murray missed a practice. Murray’s practice participation has been odd enough that it’s been a story of its own the past two weeks.
As far as Bradford is concerned, Kelly based his decision on not playing him against the Colts on the fact that he just started doing 11-on-11 drills two weeks ago. Kelly also referenced a season-ending injury to Redskins TE Niles Paul when talking about why he was playing Bradford yet.
There’s the train of thought that says the Eagles are just taking it easy with Murray due to last year’s workload and don’t want to over-do it with him. But, with Murray’s injury history and volume from last year, you can’t blame anyone for wondering if “fear of injury” is really the reason behind holding him out.
Fear of injury could also explain their caution with Bradford. They say he’s full-go with no limitations, but then you see things like this from Eagles beat reporter Jimmy Kempski who has been watching him every day in practice…
Sam Bradford is absolutely not 100%
Then further elaborated with this…
When I said that Sam Bradford isn't 100% earlier, many challenged my medical acumen, Fair. So I got a second opinion: pic.twitter.com/Td4nYZJmuy
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 14, 2015
To my knowledge, Kempski is the only one that watches him every day in practice that has stated such a thing while all other reports state how good he’s looked, etc. It’s very possible Kempski is on to something and if he is, to what degree should we be concerned?
Is Bradford really 100%? Is he truly ready to take a hit? Can he even move effectively in the pocket to elude live pressure? Or perhaps it had something to do with an offensive line that’s still a work in progress, as suggested by Tommy Lawlor…
Something to consider RE: sitting Bradford…Eagles OL has 2 new starters. Give them a chance to shake off rust, play together this week.
These are all fair questions at this point until we see him move, take a hit (multiple hits, really) and keep on lining up.
If we’re to assume Bradford will flourish as a QB in Chip’s system, then the Eagles’ season will therefore really hinge on his health. Murray, whom the Eagles paid top dollar for, can miss time and the Eagles likely wouldn’t miss a beat with Ryan Mathews and Co. The same cannot be said for Bradford. This ship will sink if Mark Sanchez becomes captain of the boat for the entire season.
So, let’s have the Pope and Tim Tebow bless Bradford’s knee and hope that sports science is on the money when it comes to Murray.