Bradford shines in Eagles' 39-26 win over Packers; Cobb hurt

August 30, 2015


Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy argues a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY Injuries are piling up in the preseason for the Green Bay Packers. Receiver Randall Cobb was the latest star to get hurt.

The Philadelphia Eagles keep piling on the points.

Shaking off rust, quarterback Sam Bradford was 10 of 10 for 121 yards and three touchdowns in his most extensive action in exhibition play, and the Eagles (3-0) stayed perfect in the preseason with a 39-26 win on Saturday night over the Packers.

Acquired in the offseason from St. Louis, Bradford is coming back from tearing his ACL twice in a 10-month span while with the Rams. He kept coach Chip Kelly's offense humming against the Packers' first-team defense.

Any doubts about Bradford's health appeared to be answered to Kelly.

"I didn't have any doubts on Sam, so I'm not concerned what people outside think," he said.

Bradford led three drives before giving way to backup Mark Sanchez in the second quarter.

Cobb didn't make it nearly that long.

He left with a shoulder injury after landing hard on his right side while trying to catch a pass near the sideline on the first series for the Packers (1-2). Cobb said a defender landed on top of him.


Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb goes up for a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. Cobb left the field after the play.

He is the second starting wideout to get hurt for the Packers in preseason action. Jordy Nelson was lost for the season with a right knee injury last Sunday against Pittsburgh.

But it doesn't appear that Packers coach Mike McCarthy is nearly as worried about Cobb as he was when Nelson tore his ACL.

"We thought it could've been collarbone or something; it's not. So, fortunately enough, there's a silver lining in it," Cobb said.

More tests are planned during the team's day off on Sunday, but Cobb said he didn't think this was a serious injury. The Packers would be in deep trouble if they lost Cobb for any length of time.

"It felt like a bad dream in that situation, having Jordy go down last week and then three plays in this series," Cobb said.

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the NFL MVP, didn't play. He watched the game in sweats from the sideline with three starting offensive linemen already held out because of injuries.

Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien missed practice this week after being watched for a possible concussion, so rookie Brett Hundley got the start. The fifth-round draft pick was 22 of 31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns, improving as the game went on and more backups took the field.


Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson talks to Randall Cobb (18) before a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.

For the Eagles, Sanchez was pretty good, too, going 13 of 19 for 150 yards and two scores. The Eagles led 25-0 after the first quarter and 39-14 at the half.


It doesn't appear the Packers' other injuries were that serious either.

Starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga left late in the first quarter with a left ankle injury. Safety Micah Hyde climbed on to a cart on the sideline late in the second quarter to be treated in the locker room for a neck spasm.

For the Eagles, Kelly said linebacker Kiko Alonso was held out because his leg was "bothering him and kicker Cody Parkey was held out as a precaution for a "tweaked leg."

"If it was a regular-season game, he would have played," Kelly said. Backup punter Kip Smith kicked extra points.

Starting right tackle Lane Johnson limped off with a left knee injury following a failed 2-point conversion attempt in the first quarter. The team kept Johnson out the rest of the game as a precaution.


The Eagles outscored their opponents 76-27 in the first two preseason games, and that was with Bradford playing just one drive.

Kelly thinks his new starting quarterback is already pretty comfortable with the quick tempo he wants to keep.

"We just found a rhythm early, and it was nice to come off the field, go back on, keep that rhythm, just keep firing," Bradford said.


Philadelphia Eagles' Trey Burton catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.


The Packers' defense looked lost early despite playing its projected starting lineup together for the first time in a preseason game. Linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive lineman Mike Daniels had been sidelined by injuries.

McCarthy said Green Bay opened up flat in the run defense and had some miscommunication in pass coverage.

For Philadelphia, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks made their preseason debuts at inside linebacker.

"Yeah, I think they were OK," Kelly said. "Unless they made a splash play like a sack or interception, you've really got to look at the tape."



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