By Zack Rosenblatt | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles returned to NovaCare Complex for one of their final training camp practices of the season on Sunday morning.
After Tuesday, the team will go back to a regular season schedule.
As we have all of training camp, this is a daily feature called Sights and Sounds. It includes notes, quotes, observations, pictures, videos and funny tidbits from every day of practice.
Sunday, the focus was on Dallas Goedert's status and the crazy (and weird) saga of the last 24 hours that had social media speculating that he broke his arm.
Here's Sights and Sounds from Eagles' 13th day of practice.
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Dallas Goedert's Day
Dallas Goedert walked along the sideline, heading for the locker room with an Eagles trainer alongside him on Saturday. On his way into the tunnel, he offered up a high five to a nearby fan, smiled and seemed to be in good spirits.
All good, right?
By sundown, Eagles fans on Twitter had taken to speculation — created in the social media verse — that the injury was far more severe than it seemed, that Goedert might've broken his arm.
(Spoiler alert: He didn't.)
"I kinda have the inside scoop on it," Goedert said after Sunday's practice, with a smile. "So I thought, eh, I guess they can think what they want."
Let's call it Goedert-gate. Like Watergate, except everything about this was entirely made up.
It's all good
Here's the truth: It was a minor bump on his elbow. He'll be back in a day or two.
Everyone can R-E-L-A-X.
Goedert, who has been one of the team's training camp breakout stars, will be fine and, soon enough, back to further developing into a legitimate weapon in the red zone.
For Goedert, though, the rampant speculation and worry around a fake, unconfirmed injury was confusing and, he said, "crazy."
"It's what people do in the social media world: they overreact," Goedert said. "Nobody was sure, they were like: 'you might have a broken arm, but we don't really know.' They were just kind of saying things. It's nice to know that I know what's going on."
Remember: Goedert grew up in South Dakota and stayed there for college, playing at South Dakota State. He was a star, but he was never the center of any sort of conspiracy theories from the local Jackrabbits fan base.
He was the most requested player for interviews from local media, but it's relative to the rabid Eagles fan base and massive media contingent, that's like comparing The Beatles to a guy playing the drums in his basement.
"It hasn’t been too bad," Goedert said of the attention. "I think I adjusted pretty quick, being at South Dakota State, I was a pretty big player there so I got a lot of media attention there and had to do that stuff all the time. It’s kind of normal, but it’s good, I don’t mind it."
He admits the attention paid to his day-to-day health is "weird," though he appreciates the Eagles fan base's passion.
"Yeah, it is kind of weird, but it’s cool though," Goedert said. "We have some great fans out here, people that care and that’s why they put it out there, because they care. That’s a pretty cool feeling, but it is pretty weird."
As for football, Goedert should be back on his upward trajectory in no time. He's been unstoppable during training inside the 20-yard-line, fast becoming one of Nick Foles' (or whoever is at quarterback) favorite targets in the red zone.
In Thursday's preseason game, he caught 4 of 5 targets — with one drop that could be chalked up to nerves in his first NFl game — for 66 yards and a 15-yard touchdown catch from Nate Sudfeld.
"It was a lot of fun," Goedert said. "I couldn't have asked for a better debut in the NFL."
Now that we know Goedert will be fine, let's take a look at some of the tweets that fueled the fire of this false speculation (some have been deleted since Goedert spoke on Sunday afternoon).
First, video evidence that his arm did not, in fact, fall off ...
I’m hearing reports of Dallas Goedert, leaving the linc with an air cast wrapped around his arm. Please tell me that’s a joke.— it’sfakenewsthough (@sfakenewsthough) August 11, 2018
If Dallas Goedert Broke His Arm. 3 Weeks Of Preseason. An extra week before Atlanta and 2 or 3 more games. He will be back by week 3 to week 5 which is not bad. Don’t worry we have Ertz and Rodgers will have to step up— Joseph Desilva (@Joeyshakes72) August 11, 2018
Goedert-gate, the end
This concludes the exploration of a fake internet rumor. Here are some of the rest of the observations and videos from Sunday's practice.
Check back at NJ.com/eagles in the morning for a 53-man roster projection and stories about emerging rookies Avonte Maddox and Bruce Hector.
Michael Bennett is constantly in the backfield during practice, creating pressure. One of the most consistent practice performers on the team. #Eagles— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 12, 2018
Mike Wallace has looked increasingly impressive as he’s become more comfortable in this offense/with these quarterbacks. A sort of weapon the #Eagles didn’t have last year.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 12, 2018
Even though Carson Wentz still isn’t doing 11 on 11s, I’m increasingly convinced he’s playing Week 1. #Eagles— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 12, 2018