Eagles' Fletcher Cox used shotgun to fend off home invasion, court documents show


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Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who appeared on the team's injury report last Wednesday as missing practice because of "illness," had fought off an intruder at his Mullica Hill, New Jersey, home the day before, according to ABC 6 in Philadelphia, which cited court documents.

Though Cox was back at practice Thursday and started Sunday against the Cowboys, no further explanation was given.

According to the court records, the alleged intruder, identified as Corbyn Nyemah, showed up at Cox's house looking for Nyemah's former girlfriend. He is alleged to have damaged her vehicle with a baseball bat before attempting to forcibly enter Cox's home, throwing rocks through the front door, and then by trying to enter the garage.

Per ABC 6's report, Cox armed himself with a shotgun and called police, and the alleged intruder fled the scene in his SUV, leading police on a chase.

The Affidavit of Probable Cause against Nyemah says police ended their pursuit because of "erratic driving and identification of the suspect." U.S. Marshals took Nyemah into custody late last week.

Cox, 28, denied to ABC 6 that the incident occurred, maintaining that he was, in fact, ill on Wednesday. The TV station has posted to Twitter a photo of the front door of Cox's home covered in blue tarps.

Nyemah, free on bond, didn't deny the incident when approached by ABC 6, saying he wanted to talk to his former girlfriend and believed they were working on reconciling.

He is accused of sending the unidentified woman a photo by text, in the wake of the police pursuit, that is alleged to show him with a firearm.

The woman has been granted a temporary restraining order. Nyemah is expected to appear in court later this month.

Cox had a sack in Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Cowboys, the only tackle he recorded as the Eagles fell to 3-4.