Eagles fans once booed Santa Claus, but they won’t ruin A Blue Christmas.
Giants coach Joe Judge grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and comes from a line of Eagles fans. So, what is he telling those in his ear begging for tickets Thursday when the Giants visit the Eagles?
“My only rule is anybody who shows up that I either grew up with or have blood ties with, they have to wear blue,” Judge said. “I respect their love for the Eagles from being in the town, but hey, look man, you ain’t showing up cheering against my kids’ Christmas. You better come out in some blue cheering for us.”
It will be the second game the Giants play in front of fans during this COVID-19-restricted season. Lincoln Financial Field’s reduced capacity under city rules is 7,500,
Ticket requests from cousins poured in during the summer and a night game doesn’t get Judge’s children out of school Friday. Giants safety Logan Ryan grew up around Eagles fans in Voorhees, N.J. and can relate to Judge’s request list.
“Every time I play in Philly, every time I used to come back to Jersey and play at MetLife, it was a big deal for me,” Ryan said. “I knew I had family coming to the game. Fortunately I won’t be having any family come to this game. Honestly, eight years in, I’m happy about that because the tickets get carried away.”
Tae Crowder’s big moment ended quickly.
Two days after his 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the difference in the Giants’ first win of the season, Crowder landed on injured reserve (hamstring). Crowder is out at least the next three games, elevating former starter David Mayo back into a prominent role at inside linebacker.
Safety Adrian Colbert (shoulder) and WR C.J. Board (concussion) did not practice. CB Darnay Holmes (neck) and wide receiver Darius Slayton (foot) would have been limited if Tuesday’s walk-through was a regular practice. The Eagles listed 11 players on their injury report.
The Giants signed defensive end Jabal Sheard off the Jaguars’ practice squad, but lost practice-squad safety Sean Chandler to the Panthers.
Sheard, who has 51.5 sacks in 135 career games, crossed paths with Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham in New England. He will join the active roster after passing COVID-19 entry protocols.
Chandler played in three games this season and 32 career for the Giants but is reunited in Carolina with Matt Rhule, his former coach at Temple.
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