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So much for Jordan Mailata getting some snaps this season.
He was listed with a back injury this week, and now this:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 14, 2018
24-year-old Brazilian Sergio Santos comes to us from Audax Italiano in the Chilean League. He’s swapping Chile for Chester.
The rumor popped up a few weeks ago on Twitter, with Santos apparently breaking the news on a radio station down there. He also had interest from Mexican side Necaxa but preferred to play in MLS.
I don’t know much about the guy. He scored ten goals for Audax across all competitions last season and Transfermarkt has him listed as a left-footed center forward who can also play as a left winger and second striker.
Here’s a blurb from the Union website:
Santos boasts speed and strength, and it’s the directness of his game that should prove to be a good fit in the Union’s transition-oriented system next year. The 181 pound Brazilian is a mismatch for fullbacks with his size, and he presents huge problems for center backs with his speed. In short, he has shown the kind of raw ability that can make him a versatile option up front for the Union as they seek to flexibly adapt their tactics throughout the 2019 season.
6’0″, 181 is pretty solid. That’s the type of build for a tweener forward who can play up top but also do some damage on the wing or play in a pressing system. Houston’s Alberth Elis I think is a good comparison in the size and weight department.
Sporting Director Ernst Tanner spoke to the media today and said this, after the jump:
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Carson Wentz will fly to Los Angeles this weekend, which seems kind of pointless for a guy with a cracked vertebra.
Another combative press conference down at NovaCare today. Doug Pederson didn’t have much interest in talking about the Wentz situation at all, but revealed that his QB will be listed as questionable despite apparently needing a few months for his back to heal.
Would you put a guy with a broken back on a plane to California? Seems like a dumb idea.
Here’s a rundown of Wentz-related stuff Pederson said at today’s press conference:
- It’s a “stress injury, this thing has evolved over time and it requires zero surgery to heal.”
- Doug doubled-down on the idea that the injury “evolved over time” and did not pinpoint a specific incident or game or period in which the injury occurred. Pederson wants to keep specifics in-house. “He’s listed as questionable, and that’s the way it is.”
- Injury has not affected his play-calling at all.
- Doesn’t want to put a timetable on recovery, but said it could be possibly three months.
- It they put him out there, “there has to be 100% chance” that there’s no risk of making the injury worse.”
- He also pushed back on the idea that the injury was keeping Carson from running more. Credits defenses on that more than anything else.
- The fracture was discovered after a test was done on Tuesday.
- This injury does not have anything to do with Wentz compensating for his ACL injury.
- Doug has a high level of confidence with the medical staff and the team always does tests and scans on injured players on a weekly basis.
- There’s a “fine line” on pushing guys to come back to play. Each athlete has a protocol based on their individual injuries and they want to be back on the field.
- Doug’s back injury was different than Carson’s injury, so it’s not fair to compare each of those situations.
So let’s recap:
- Carson has a cracked vertebra
- He’s listed as questionable and will fly to Los Angeles…
- …but he needs “possibly three months” for the injury to heal without surgery
Anyway, here’s video of testy Doug after the jump:
Sixers head coach Brett Brown was on the 97.5 the Fanatic morning show today with Marc Farzetta, Tra Thomas, Bob Cooney, and Jamie Lynch.
Not surprisingly, the discussion began with a couple of questions about Joel Embiid’s post-Toronto comments, those fleeting couple of hours where he expressed discomfort with his role via an article from the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. All of that was squashed rather quickly, but Brown shed a bit more light on the situation today.
Farzetta: We haven’t talked to you since it came out, but it feels like it was one of those stories that could have caught wildfire, Joel Embiid voicing his frustration then quickly shifting to ‘he loves everybody,’ – it seems like that story more or less blew over.
Brown: Yeah and I think that it should have. I think when people read into it , we all sort of get the passion Joel has. I think a lot of it was a reaction to us not wanting him to play and trying to force-feed a rest. It’s a snap shot of him wanting to play. We move on. I do not believe the story had the legs it needed to continue.
Farzetta: Did you have any takeaway from the story, of Joel being a perfectionist at least?
Brown: There’s always lots to take away from a story, and the following day I was with him for probably four hours on an off day. It’s just a constant reminder how you have to stay on top of things with the coach. You daily sort of fight for the soul and spirit of the team and try to keep our ecosystem balanced. There’s some subtle truth to using Joel, and part of his challenge, which is a strength and a curse, is he can score and he can be used in so many ways. He’s not Shaquille O’Neal. He can be, but he’s also able to step out and do some things. His versatility at times makes his life a little conflicted in a positive way. He’s that skilled. The point is that we all bunker in and get back on track as a team.
More after the jump:
All I can do is laugh at this exchange, which started with Howard Eskin ripping Emmanuel Acho after the ex-Bird criticized the Eagles’ medical staff on Thursday:
You are still a clown. You are so bitter regardless of saying you are not. Still on #eagles medical staff rant. Just heard you @SportsRadioWIP sounded like idiot. You needed a visitors pass to get into trainers room. U were cut waived or resigned 15 times. https://t.co/3LIJq9KuZY
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) December 13, 2018
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) December 14, 2018
Fletcher Cox sliding in now, after the jump:
After inconclusive scans on his back on Wednesday, Carson Wentz later learned he has a fractured vertebra. And Wentz reportedly wasn’t made aware of the fracture, according to 97.5 the Fanatic’s Jason Myrtetus.
So it appears the franchise quarterback’s season is done and Nick Foles will take over. The best thing to do from a health and long-term standpoint is to not play him this week against a really good Rams defense. With proper rest, he’ll fully recover. The Eagles might not be in playoff contention by the end of the week so it makes sense to not play Wentz in their final two games against the Texans and the Redskins.
Could it be a reason why he hasn’t thrown the ball that far down the field a ton this year?
But with this injury that’s lingered all year, the focus shifts towards the medical staff. How was this not detected earlier in the year? Is this another misdiagnosis for a star player? The team changed head athletic trainers in the offseason with some members of the medical staff staying. Emmanuel Acho wasn’t surprised and ripped the medical staff, current and past.
I bet there’ll be more questions raised as the season concludes and as we head into the offseason. But for now, the Eagles are focused on the Rams than injuries.
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SugarHouse Casino took its first sports bets earlier today, the first of a planned two-day soft opening. The casino is also expected to run a 10-hour soft opening on Friday, and if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gives the expected go-ahead, it will be all systems go for regular operations on Saturday, just in time for the start of NFL Week 15 action and college football’s bowl slate.
Footage of the first bets:
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— SugarHouse Casino (@WinAtSugarHouse) December 13, 2018
SugarHouse and Pittsburgh-based Rivers Casino, which also opened today, became the state’s second and third casinos to take legal sports wagers. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville opened its sportsbook last month.
For those wondering, among the first accepted bets were plays on the Chiefs, Eagles, Lakers, and Flyers. Bold strategy backing the local teams, I must say.
With SugarHouse’s soft launch, Pennsylvania moves one step closer to green-lighting online sports gambling, which is expected to happen sometime in early 2019. You can read all about the much anticipated arrival of PA online sports betting right here.
I just hope the guy stays for more than two seasons. Let’s get some continuity in the Temple football program.
The first thing that jumps out to me is that the Diaz hiring follows the pattern of recent Temple hires. He’s a coordinator coming from a power five conference and a first time head coach. He’s in his early 40s. That fits the mold of what they had in Geoff Collins, Steve Addazio, and even Matt Rhule to an extent. It’s true that Rhule took the gig after moving to the NFL, but he had been with the Owls for half a decade prior. Addazio was more of an offensive guy, but Rhule, Collins, and now Diaz specialize in the defensive side of the game.
Diaz spent the last three years in Miami as Mark Richt’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. That follows stints with Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech in the same role. Tech was sort of a “rebuilding” type of job for him after he was fired by Mack Brown following a couple of disappointing seasons as the Texas Longhorns’ DC, but every other defense he’s worked with has been more or less sound, and he cut his teeth as a position coach on Chuck Amato’s NC State teams of the mid-aughts.
Diaz spoke this afternoon, and you can listen to his introductory presser after the jump: