October 3 csnphilly.com:
Injuries, penalties, fumbles, shaky defense, shakier offense and a maddening time management gaffe added up to a you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up loss to the Redskins in Donovan McNabb’s return to Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles not only lost the game, 17-12, but also quarterback Michael Vick, who suffered rib/chest injuries in the first quarter. While diving to the end zone, Vick was sandwiched by missiles named DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore.
He is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday to evaluate his sore back and chest. Oh, and his thrilling 23-yard gain on the play was nullified by a holding penalty on Max-Jean Gilles, who started for an injured Nick Cole (knee).
Sans Vick, the dynamic offense of the previous 2½ games was nowhere to be found; the Eagles’ wide receivers were held to eight catches for a combined 65 yards. The normally sure-handed Jason Avant had a Hail Mary in his hands but dropped it.
Kevin Kolb threw his first touchdown of the season – preseason included – to keep the Eagles within striking distance. Fittingly, McNabb – who often infuriated Eagles fans by not running more – all but sealed the loss for the Eagles with an 18-yard scramble on third-and-four.
Vick’s injury was one of many for the Eagles. Also hurt were cornerback Asante Samuel and receiver Riley Cooper (both with concussions) and returner Jorrick Calvin (shoulder).
As for the insults:
• Quintin Mikell was bulldozed during running back Ryan Torrain’s 12-yard touchdown run.
• Calvin on the ensuring kickoff was clobbered by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
• Meanwhile, McNabb – who received a standing ovation during pregame introductions – threw pretty passes to tight end Chris Cooley, who beat Stewart Bradley for a 31-yard score, and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, who must have looked invisible to Asante Samuel and Kurt Coleman. Armstrong’s 57-yard reception set up a Redskins field goal.
• Then with 23 seconds left the inexplicable occurred.
LeSean McCoy, one of the highlights in the half with six catches for 72 yards, fell short of the goal line on third-and-goal from the two, and the play was reviewed. For a while.
Nevertheless, when it was announced the ruling on the field stood, the Eagles needed to call a timeout. They decided to go for it – but somehow were penalized for delay of game and settled for a field goal.
Those four points proved critical. Had they scored a touchdown there, Celek’s score would have tied the game.
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