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DeMeco Ryans | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/28/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 247
College: Alabama
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Eagles placed ILB DeMeco Ryans on injured reserve with a torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season.
They signed ex-Jaguars S Chris Prosisnki to replace Ryans on the roster. The loss is a big one from a leadership perspective, and could also soften Philly's run defense. Through eight starts, Ryans had 45 tackles, four pass breakups, and an interception. The Eagles will be forced to lean on some combination of Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho next to Mychal Kendricks the rest of the way. Nov 3 - 5:09 PM

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Speaking Monday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly confirmed ILB DeMeco Ryans suffered an Achilles' injury in Sunday's win over the Texans.

The Eagles are apparently awaiting MRI results before officially declaring Ryans out for the season, but he's fully expected to miss the rest of 2014. Replacement-level talent Casey Matthews is the next man up on the depth chart.
Nov 3 - 1:13 PM

A source tells PFT that Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans tore his Achilles' tendon during Sunday's Week 9 win at Houston and is out for the season.

Ryans blew out his Achilles' after intercepting a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass in the fourth quarter Sunday. The unquestioned leader of the Eagles, it will be a big blow to a defense that is already of the "bend but don't break" variety. Liability Casey Matthews will have to step up next to Mychal Kendricks. Ryans, 30, is facing a very long rehab process as heads into the final year of his contract in 2015. This is the same Achilles' tendon he tore a few years ago.
Nov 2 - 4:21 PM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans left Sunday's Week 9 game at Houston in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.

Ryans picked off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass and started to run. Then he went down untouched and in a ton of pain, losing the ball in the process. Ryans, an ex-Texan, had to be carted off.
Nov 2 - 3:23 PM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans (groin) expects to be active for Week 6, but acknowledged it's not a sure thing.

Ryans is truly day to day. His health is doubly important this week with Mychal Kendricks (calf) still questionable. Emmanuel Acho would get the call against the Giants if Ryans can't go.
Oct 7 - 2:33 PM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans suffered a groin injury during Sunday's Week 5 win over the Rams.

Ryans left in the fourth quarter and didn't return. If he can't play against the Giants in Week 6, it would be a massive concern for the Eagles defense. They're already without their other starting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (calf).
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 5 - 8:40 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans "isn't going anywhere."

The Eagles are about $10 million under the projected salary cap, so they don't necessarily need to clear Ryans and his $6.9 million hit. There was some talk that the Eagles could approach Ryans about a pay cut, but that's considered unlikely to happen. Ryans played 96 percent of the defensive snaps last season and will return to bark out the plays next to ILB Mychal Kendricks.
Feb 25 - 12:33 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer believes Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans will likely have to take a pay cut to return in 2014.

Ryans is currently slated to earn a non-guaranteed $6.9 million in salary and bonuses next season. He started all 16 games this past season, recording 127 tackles and four sacks, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 54 inside linebacker out of 55 qualifiers in its end-of-year ratings. Ryans will turn 30 in the summer. Mychal Kendricks is locked in as the other inside 'backer.
Jan 25 - 9:59 AM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans is playing on 96 percent of the snaps this season.

Ryans is playing near the level he was at before a ruptured Achilles' tendon in 2010. He's fourth in the NFL with 89 tackles, and also has two sacks, four pass breakups and two interceptions. He's also the on-field leader of Billy Davis' improved defense, making the calls at the line of scrimmage. Ryans may actually be back for his age-30 season with the Eagles despite a $6.8 million base salary.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 08:49:00 AM

Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans insists he's a fit for new coach Chip Kelly's 3-4 defense.

"It's a big perception that DeMeco doesn't fit in the 3-4," Ryans said, talking in the third person. "I played with the Texans in the 3-4 defense when we were the (No. 2) defense in the league. If I didn't fit in there, we wouldn't have been that highly ranked. It's all about being versatile." Ryans is half right, but he came off the field for a majority passing downs in 2011, playing just 58.4 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps. He played 99.7 percent for the Eagles last season. For his part, Kelly is confident Ryans will be a fit, but he'll likely be playing fewer snaps.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Coach Chip Kelly was "effusive" in his praise of ILB DeMeco Ryans at the Combine, making it clear Ryans has a future with the Eagles.

Ryans is not considered the best 3-4 defender in some circles and the Eagles are transitioning to a 3-4, but Kelly is confident he'll make it work. Ryans, 28, finished his first season in Philadelphia with 113 tackles, one sack, and one interception. Pro Football Focus graded Ryans as a top-20 inside linebacker.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:38:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls MLB DeMeco Ryans one of the few players "who fit" new DC Billy Davis' "bill."

Davis is looking for aggressive, physical defenders that aren't afraid to hit. He's not going to find many of those on the Eagles, but he sounds prepared to roll with Ryans as a core piece at inside linebacker. The former Texan is a good bet to eclipse 100 tackles once again in 2013 despite no longer running as well as he used to.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:55:00 AM

DeMeco Ryans played on 60-of-62 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

It's notable because Andy Reid previously said that Ryans would not be a three-down linebacker. But the ex-Texan handled himself well against the pass and stayed on the field in passing situations. Ryans tied for the team lead with five tackles.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 09:10:00 AM

Eagles MLB DeMeco Ryans will not play a three-down role on Sunday against the Browns.

Coach Andy Reid confirmed Friday that he will be shuffling his linebackers depending on the package. Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Akeem Jordan, Brian Rolle, and Casey Matthews all could see the field at various points on Sunday. This is a huge blow to Ryans' IDP value. He's barely an LB3 option this week.
Source: CSN Philly
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 09:17:00 AM

Eagles MLB DeMeco Ryans is in danger of losing snaps to Jamar Chaney in nickel packages.

Ryans stayed on the field in nickel during OTAs, mini-camps, training camp and the preseason, but he looked a step slow throughout August. On Thursday, players indicated that Chaney had joined rookie Mychal Kendricks in certain nickel packages. The Eagles were in the nickel for just under 50 percent of their snaps last season. Ryans is leaking IDP value.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 12:53:00 PM

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