Patrick Robinson no longer 'foggy,' rejoins Eagles' secondary
Corner clears concussion protocol; meanwhile, Eagles promote Nate Sudfeld, and Broncos decide to go with Brock Osweiler at QB.
Patrick Robinson, an important player for the Eagles' defense this season, rejoined practice Wednesday after leaving Sunday's victory over the 49ers with a concussion.
Robinson slammed his head into the back of San Francisco receiver Aldrick Robinson, who batted the C.J. Beathard pass. Rodney McLeod flew low over both Robinsons and scooped up the ball before it hit the ground. But Patrick Robinson didn't feel like celebrating the interception with him.
"What they tried to do was throw a quick pass, knowing that I was [playing] off. They tried to sneak it in there," Robinson said. "Soon as I saw him cutting out to the middle, I shot down. … The quarterback threw it behind him, so [the receiver] turned his back. I ended up hitting him square in the back. But if the quarterback would have thrown it on point, I probably would have hit him in the side or the rib or the leg or something like that."
Robinson said when he went inside for testing, "I was still pretty good, for the most part, but I was still a little foggy. I'm going to take precaution and make sure I'm fully 100 [percent], instead of going out there not fully 100 and make it worse, where I'd be out there on the ground, sleeping – snoring or something like that. I definitely didn't want to take that chance. … I knew it wasn't going to be something that would keep me out a while. But at the same time, you want to make sure you're all right."
Robinson, 30, in his eighth NFL season, said he didn't want to divulge how many concussions he has suffered. He has been excellent this season as a nickel corner, and is now being used outside more, which was where he started, opposite Jalen Mills, on Sunday. The NFL has a multistage concussion protocol he had to complete before practicing.
Eagles promote Sudfeld to keep him
In a late-afternoon move that was a bit of a surprise, the Eagles waived defensive tackle Justin Hamilton and promoted practice-squad quarterback Nate Sudfeld to the active roster.
A source with knowledge of the situation said another team wanted to sign Sudfeld, which is usually why players get promoted if none of the guys ahead of them on the depth chart are injured. Neither Carson Wentz nor Nick Foles appeared on the Eagles' injury report Wednesday.
The Birds signed Sudfeld after Washington released him at the end of the preseason. They wanted him for their practice squad, but reportedly, the Eagles offered more than standard practice-squad money ($7,200 a week is the minimum) – maybe something close to the $540,000 Sudfeld would have earned by being on the regular roster.
Osweiler takes Broncos’ reins
As expected after they turned the ball over five times in a Monday night loss to Kansas City, the Denver Broncos are changing quarterbacks for this Sunday's visit to the Eagles.
Trevor Siemian, who threw three interceptions against the Chiefs, is being benched in favor of Brock Osweiler, who returned to the team in September after being released by the Browns.
Osweiler, 26, was Peyton Manning's backup in Denver, but he left in free agency in 2016. Osweiler then failed spectacularly in Houston, throwing 15 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions last season before being released and signing with Cleveland, where he failed to win a roster spot.
"I'm given this opportunity and I'm being told to protect the football," Osweiler said. "And that's something that I think all quarterbacks and all skill guys know when they come into the NFL. …The saying is, 'Ball security is job security.' If you protect the football, you're going to stay out there on the field."
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