By Joseph Santoliquito

Jason Kelce, one of the NFL’s top centers, shares his weekly thoughts with CBS Philly’s Joe Santoliquito.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)— Jason Kelce stood and watched, grinding his teeth that he wasn’t there on Sunday with the rest of his teammates when they battled the Arizona Cardinals. But the Eagles center, still healing from a sports hernia injury, was pleased with how the Eagles moved the ball against one of the NFL’s better defenses.

“The Arizona game was a great game. I honestly wasn’t too frustrated watching it until the very end,” Kelce said. “We took the lead and even going down to the wire, I thought we could come back and win it in the last 1:21. The rest of the game wasn’t that frustrating. I felt we were in control for the majority of the game. I thought the vast majority of the game the offense was doing pretty well and the defense was doing pretty well.

“I like the fact that we’re moving the football and we’re having a lot of good plays on offense. If we can minimize the turnovers, and punch some more points in when we’re in the red zone, those are really the only two areas that are hurting us on offense. We’re beating ourselves—absolutely.”

Kelce went on to explain Chip Kelly’s decisions to run out of the shot gun when the Eagles were looking at third-and-inches.

“We’re not running a quarterback sneak on the two-yard line at that point, which is what the scoreboard said. I don’t even think a quarterback sneak is in the play call, to tell you the truth. Even if you sneak it, it was listed on the scoreboard at the two, and a quarterback sneak at that point is a questionable call. We had been running inside zone at that point up and down the field, and had a lot of success on them. I thought it was a great play call in that situation that we didn’t block very effectively. They saw it coming a little bit.”

Kelce says he’s still ahead of schedule healing from hernia surgery he had on Sept. 23 and actually practiced with the first-team on Tuesday.

“There is a chance I could play on Sunday, but there was a chance I could have played last Sunday as well. I’m not going to get into speculating about anything. That’s how we’re going at this point. It will probably be a game-time decision. We’ll see where it goes.”

 

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