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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill has apologized to coach Doug Pederson for calling the Dallas Cowboys “chokers” earlier in the week, acknowledging that he put his coach “in a hard spot.”

“It’s a rivalry game. I didn’t think too much about it,” Grugier-Hill said Friday. “I didn’t mean to disrespect this organization or Coach Pederson. I have a lot of confidence in the guys and in myself going into this game, and I’m ready to play.”

Eagles LB Kamu Grugier-Hill got the trash-talking started in earnest ahead of Sunday’s pivotal game against Dallas, saying the Cowboys always choke.

On Wednesday, Grugier-Hill started some trash talk between the rivals by saying, “I mean, you look at Dallas’ history, they always choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”

Pederson called those comments “unfortunate” and said that he has spoken to Grugier-Hill about it.

“I talk to the team a lot about how we don’t need to post anything that can be used on other teams’ website or bulletin board,” Pederson said.

Word of Grugier-Hill’s comments spread quickly through Dallas’ locker room.

“Coach [Jason] Garrett has a great saying, and I don’t know

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