This Week in Philly Sports

PHILLIES:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The bad news just keeps piling on Roy Halladay as he left his start against the Miami Marlins with arm fatigue. Halladay only faced three batters and recorded only one out in the first inning and his fastball only topped out at 83mph which is concerning for him especially. Halladay also said that he has had been taking medication to treat an illness that is related to his diet.

Injured first baseman Ryan Howard visited and worked out with the Phillies in Atlanta. Howard participated in ground ball drills, batting practice, and even ran the bases when working out with the Phillies. Howard also said while with the team, “I’m focused on getting this team and this organization back to where we belong, and that’s on top.” Howard said that he has trimmed down from 260 pounds to 248 pounds since having surgery on his left knee in July. The Phillies lost 7-1 to the Braves on Thursday and pitcher Tyler Cloyd got hit hard as he only faced 13 batters 10 of which made base hits. Cloyd as has an ERA of 15.43 in 4 September starts.

EAGLES:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Safety Patrick Chung was out of practice on Friday but is not ruled out by the team to play against the unbeaten Denver Broncos. Chung suffered his injury in the game against the Chiefs and hasn’t participated in any of the team’s practices this whole week. All other Eagles players are expected to play including left tackle Jason Peters who has been dealing with finger dislocation on his left hand since the season opener. With Chung possibly unable to play Sunday, rookie Earl Wolff is poised to get his first NFL start. Wolff said this about starting, “Every week I prepare like the starter, because you never know what can happen, even when you’re not the starter.”

The Eagles have released 27 year old cornerback Brandon Hughes with an injury settlement since he was placed on injured reserve on September 18 after Week 2’s loss to the Chargers. Eagles third year kicker Alex Henery was fined $15,750 for a horse collar tackle on former Eagles safety Quintin Demps.

FLYERS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Top defensive prospect and first round pick in this year’s draft Samuel Morin injured his hand in Canada and will miss up to two weeks after being sent back to his juniors team from Flyers training camp. The Flyers also sent forward Michael Raffl and defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to the Adirondack Phantoms.

Claude Giroux made his preseason debut against the devils after surgery on his hand in the offseason. The captain’s debut unfortunately came on a loss to New Jersey. Coach Peter Laviolette was disappointed with the team’s effort in Thursday’s 4-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils. Laviolette said, “We were competitive in the first period, but it seemed we didn’t handle the pressure, the puck, or the physicality in the second.”

SIXERS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Before Sixers training camp was ever under way, Royce White answered a big question. That question was whether he would fly with the team or not. White confirmed that he is planning on flying to the Sixers exhibition games next week in Spain and England.

Former 2012 first round draft pick Arnett Moultrie had surgery on his left ankle on Thursday and is expected to be out until around the new year. Also, former number 1 overall pick Kwame Brown suffered a right hamstring strain during offseason workouts and is going to get a second opinion. The Sixers also signed former Georgetown swingman Hollis Thompson on Friday.  Thompson went undrafted in 2012 and averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his junior season, which he also was named an All-Big East honorable mention.

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