This Sunday the Seattle Seahawks travel once again to the Eastern Time Zone, where they will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that not too long ago looked like it would carry significant implications in the NFC Wild Card race. Instead, the Seahawks and Eagles enter this game with three games separating the two teams in the playoff race. That gap makes this game an almost must-win for the Eagles, while the Seahawks have some margin for error, but would certainly like to ensure they keep pace with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.
In any case, with the Seattle-Philly contest having been flexed out of primetime and into the early slot, that could hugely benefit the Eagles and be to the detriment of the Seahawks. Meanwhile, in off-field matters, this week was to see former Eagle Mychal Kendricks return to where he spent the first six seasons of his career, and his first return to the scene of the crime, as it were. Or, it will at least his first return to Philly for a game since pleading guilty in federal court to two felonies related to insider trading just over fourteen months ago.
On that subject, sentencing in that case had been scheduled for Thursday, but according to Brady Henderson of ESPN, the sentencing has yet again been pushed back.
Sources tell me and @Tim_McManus that Mychal Kendricks' sentencing date in his insider trading case has been postponed again. The new date is in February, a source said. Kendricks was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Philadelphia, where the Seahawks play the Eagles Sunday.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) November 18, 2019
With the sentencing now set for February, there is no question regarding Kendricks’ availability for the Hawks for the remainder of the season, no matter how deep into the playoffs the Seahawks may make it. As of early Tuesday morning there have not been any filings recorded in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) for Kendricks’ case since early September, though that could easily change in the coming days.
Thus, with a sentencing date in February, it makes it possible for Kendricks to report immediately for any prison time to which he is sentenced, and will give as much clarity as possible regarding his availability for the 2020 season when he hits free agency in March. In any case, as Field Gulls has been predicting for months, there is now zero doubt that Kendricks will be available for the Hawks for the duration of the 2019 season.