PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly got a little annoyed by a question during his Tuesday news conference. A reporter asked whether quarterback Sam Bradford had his ankle X-rayed after Monday night’s game in Atlanta.
Bradford did have an X-ray. He said it was nothing serious and the X-ray confirmed that.
But Kelly’s habit is to meet with his training staff after he does his day-after press conference. That leads to moments like this:
“I haven't talked to -- this is Game 1 of 16,” Kelly said. “I meet with the trainers after this [news conference] every single day. But I saw Sam on the plane. He said there are no ill effects of anything.”
Of course, Kelly could meet with the trainers before he talks to reporters. But then he would have to answer injury questions that he would rather not answer. That’s his prerogative, but it creates situations like the one that emerged Tuesday.
Backup center David Molk was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn biceps. It was not clear when or how Molk was injured. He did not play on offense against the Falcons. He was on the field for a handful of special teams plays.
The Eagles’ roster stands at 52 players. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Eagles signed Julian Vandervelde, who was released on the last roster cut earlier this month.
The only other offensive lineman who could play center is Josh Andrews, who is primarily a guard. Andrews has never played in an NFL game.
The Eagles also announced a few practice squad transactions.
They signed running back Kevin Monangai, who went to Villanova, and defensive tackle Travis Raciti. Both were in the Eagles’ training camp.
They released tight end Andrew Gleichert to make room. The other practice squad vacancy was created when running back Raheem Mostert was signed by the Miami Dolphins.