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what's ironic is that while it sets the Eagles back in 2005, the poor record this season will allow Philly to draft high in 2006 and with the ability of their front office to draft well may be able to land a franchise WR and/or running back that they need to get back to the top.

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what's ironic is that while it sets the Eagles back in 2005, the poor record this season will allow Philly to draft high in 2006 and with the ability of their front office to draft well may be able to land a franchise WR and/or running back that they need to get back to the top.

They have several holes to fill. They tried for three years to fill the WR spot and had to resort to....well, you know who.

Their D-Line killed them this year with little pass rush...and they still can't run the ball.

Too many holes...

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what's ironic is that while it sets the Eagles back in 2005, the poor record this season will allow Philly to draft high in 2006 and with the ability of their front office to draft well may be able to land a franchise WR and/or running back that they need to get back to the top.

they skipped over a lot of good backs this year

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They have several holes to fill. They tried for three years to fill the WR spot and had to resort to....well, you know who.

Their D-Line killed them this year with little pass rush...and they still can't run the ball.

Too many holes...

And yet we are still only 1 game behind the Skins. Pathetic. And how many sack does your d-line have, I'm willing to bet ours doubles or triples yours.

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And yet we are still only 1 game behind the Skins. Pathetic. And how many sack does your d-line have, I'm willing to bet ours doubles or triples yours.

Too...funny....WXD... :laugh: :laugh:

Did you spend a lot of time working on this retort? Um, I thinking you didn't.

I've been waiting for Eagles fans to play the 'injury' card, but they haven't...why, you ask? Well, their musings about McNabb being able to play through his injuries to get to the Super Bowl would make that tack a bit silly, no?

Yes, you are only one game behind us...but you are in the cellar. SB to cellar...ouch. I predicted a fall off, but nothing this drastic.

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Too...funny....WXD... :laugh: :laugh:

Did you spend a lot of time working on this retort? Um, I thinking you didn't.

I've been waiting for Eagles fans to play the 'injury' card, but they haven't...why, you ask? Well, their musings about McNabb being able to play through his injuries to get to the Super Bowl would make that tack a bit silly, no?

Yes, you are only one game behind us...but you are in the cellar. SB to cellar...ouch. I predicted a fall off, but nothing this drastic.

Well I can't predict a SB to cellar fall for the Redskins, you haven't even gotten a whiff of the Super Bowl in almost 2 decades. The skins have been pathetic for a loooooooong time and I don't expect that to change any time soon. Not under Snyder. And you can't really play the injury card with the Skins since you've had a pretty healthy year but still can't crack .500 I guess you guys like to play the "refs are out to get us" card instead. Yes TR1 it's a conspiracy the NFL does not want the Skins to succeed. Why would they want a team in a high profile and profitable area of the country to succeed? :doh: The NFL tells the refs to screw the Skins every week because they love it when Gibbs sends in his care package to Tags each week. :doh:

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Well I can't predict a SB to cellar fall for the Redskins, you haven't even gotten a whiff of the Super Bowl in almost 2 decades. The skins have been pathetic for a loooooooong time and I don't expect that to change any time soon. Not under Snyder. And you can't really play the injury card with the Skins since you've had a pretty healthy year but still can't crack .500 I guess you guys like to play the "refs are out to get us" card instead. Yes TR1 it's a conspiracy the NFL does not want the Skins to succeed. Why would they want a team in a high profile and profitable area of the country to succeed? :doh: The NFL tells the refs to screw the Skins every week because they love it when Gibbs sends in his care package to Tags each week. :doh:

Wow...WXD...er, WB36...um, whoever you are...just amazing.

At least I follow the Eagles and comment on them in an informed way. You obviously don't watch the Redskins...probably have no idea what's going on with our team, but you venture out with an uninformed and ridiculous premise that we haven't had injuries.

And then your next premise is that the NFL is in a conspiracy to screw the Skins...OMG...you haven't heard that from me. Have we lost because of bad calls? Yes. Have we had an inordinate amount of bad calls? Yes. Do other teams suffer from bad officiating? Yes...especially when they play the Giants, eh?

Officiating is getting worse, not better. The league is too big. Refs can't even make obvious calls without hesitation...it's awful...and you know it...but you'd prefer to throw out some crap just to get a reaction.

We're on to you WB36, er, uh, WXD...

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Wow...WXD...er, WB36...um, whoever you are...just amazing.

At least I follow the Eagles and comment on them in an informed way. You obviously don't watch the Redskins...probably have no idea what's going on with our team, but you venture out with an uninformed and ridiculous premise that we haven't had injuries.

And then your next premise is that the NFL is in a conspiracy to screw the Skins...OMG...you haven't heard that from me. Have we lost because of bad calls? Yes. Have we had an inordinate amount of bad calls? Yes. Do other teams suffer from bad officiating? Yes...especially when they play the Giants, eh?

Officiating is getting worse, not better. The league is too big. Refs can't even make obvious calls without hesitation...it's awful...and you know it...but you'd prefer to throw out some crap just to get a reaction.

We're on to you WB36, er, uh, WXD...

Riiiiiiiiight.

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And you can't really play the injury card with the Skins since you've had a pretty healthy year but still can't crack .500

Yeah... no problems...

We've only had out both our starting DT's, both our starting CB's (and our #3 CB for a game or two), our starting OLT had two broken thumbs, both our starting RB's have missed time, one of our HB's has cracked ribs, our TE has a dinged up knee, our starting FS has missed a game and our #2 WR is on IR.

Otherwise, no really serious injury problems.

Technically, we're 1.5 games ahead of the Beagles, consdering we own a tiebreaker, not one game. How has Philly done against the Division so far this year?

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Sound like it has a chance to turn iinto a career ender...not good. I hope his surgery goes well.

Posted on Sat, Nov. 26, 2005

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/13259379.htm

Tra Thomas out for the season

He suffered a back injury, another hit to the depleted Eagles. Rookie Todd Herremans will replace the tackle.

By Marc Narducci

Inquirer Staff Writer

The Eagles have been crippled by another season-ending injury. Coach Andy Reid announced yesterday that offensive tackle Tra Thomas has been placed on the injured-reserve list with a lower-back injury that will require surgery.

Thomas will have an operation on his lumbar disk in California at a date to be determined.

Thomas is the third Eagles Pro Bowl selection from last year who has been put on injured reserve this week, joining quarterback Donovan McNabb (sports hernia) and cornerback Lito Sheppard (ankle).

Thomas, who has experienced back problems in the past, suffered the injury in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the New York Giants.

"This past game he felt a little numbness and tingling in his legs, so we sent him to a specialist," Reid said yesterday at a news conference at the NovaCare Complex.

Actually, the Eagles sent Thomas to two specialists. Both recommended that the 6-foot-7, 349-pounder have the procedure.

Thomas will be replaced by rookie Todd Herremans, a fourth-round Eagles draft choice out of Saginaw Valley State. The 6-6, 321-pound Herremans will be seeing his first NFL action after not being activated for the first 10 games. He did start three of the Eagles' four preseason games for Thomas, who was recovering from a blood clot in his leg.

"You never want anybody in front of you to go down, but when the opportunity comes, you make the best of it," Herremans said yesterday after practice. "Tra will get everything taken care of and have a great recovery, and he will come back and be a great player."

This has been a difficult season for Thomas, 31. He missed both minicamps in the off-season after being diagnosed with the blood clot.

Before this season, Thomas had missed just one game because of injury, against Miami in 2003 due to back spasms.

The Eagles' first-round draft choice in 1998, Thomas has started 118 of 119 regular-season games, including all 10 this season and 12 postseason contests. He had one of the most difficult jobs in football, blocking for the quarterback's blind side.

Thomas, who signed a six-year contract extension in 2003 that included a $6 million signing bonus, is signed for three more years. His base salary for this season, which included an already attained bonus, is $3 million. The base salaries increase to $3.65 million next season, $4.55 million in 2007, and $5.45 million in 2008. Approximately $1.6 million of the signing bonus is still on the Eagles' future salary caps.

Reid said the doctors indicated that the surgery should fix all of Thomas' back problems. But the coach added: "What I have learned here... is that you are never sure when you are dealing with backs. They feel pretty good about it and we will just have to see how the recovery process goes."

Reid did have one prediction. "He should be able to go for the minicamps," he said.

Thomas has been bothered by a back problem this season, but Reid said one couldn't tell by the way Thomas was playing.

"I think he was having a good year, so I didn't think it affected him too much other than when it was bothering him," Reid said. "It seems to take a week to get rid of it and then he was ready to go again."

The Eagles' offensive line has taken some major hits lately. Center Hank Fraley was lost for the season with a rotator-cuff injury after eight games. Guard Artis Hicks, who suffered a knee injury last week against the Giants, is listed as doubtful for tomorrow's game at Lincoln Financial Field against the Green Bay Packers.

Adrien Clarke, who played nearly three full quarters in place of Hicks on Sunday, appears ready to make his first career start.

"Right now if he had to play, he couldn't play," Reid said of Hicks.

The 6-5, 330-pound Clarke was a 2004 seventh-round pick from Ohio State who missed last season with a torn hamstring. He also played most of the second half in the Eagles' 37-31 win over Kansas City on Oct. 2 after Hicks was sidelined with an ankle injury.

"It helps that I got to play a lot last week and get warmed up," Clarke said. "It felt good to play and I'm trying to keep the ball rolling."

In other moves yesterday, the Eagles promoted guard Scott Young and quarterback Andy Hall from the practice squad. The moves continued a trend that has made the Eagles' offensive line one of the team's most inexperienced units.

The notable exceptions include right tackle Jon Runyan, who has started all 90 regular season games he has appeared in for the Eagles. Runyan is in his 10th NFL season and his sixth with the Birds.

Starting guard Shawn Andrews, who missed his rookie season with a fractured right fibula, is the next senior member with 10 career NFL starts.

"I feel like a grandfather out there," Andrews quipped.

Runyan put Thomas' loss in perspective.

"It [stinks]," he said. "It is something you have to deal with and all you can do is move on."

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