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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
McCarthy said Green
Bay opened up flat in the run defense and had some miscommunication in
DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks made their preseason debuts at
"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