Eagles Notebook: Camp Battles Continue
Andy Reid announces Mike Vick signing (AP)
Andy Reid announces Mike Vick signing (AP)

Posted Aug 17, 2009


The Philadelphia Eagles have plenty on their plate this preseason in addition to the Michael Vick signing. Who will be the starting DBs? Will the Andrews brothers play well together? How will injuries impact the roster? All that and then some...

Return Or I/R

Linebacker Stewart Bradley had surgery to repair his torn ACL on August 13. He had it done by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama. Bradley is expected to miss the season, but a Twitter feed attributed to him shortly after the surgery indicated that he would be able to play in December. "Dr. Andrews is a miracle-worker," the feed read. Everything went great ... be back in December and ready for the playoffs."

When asked later by the Philadelphia Daily News about his back-in-December projection, Bradley said the tweet was actually sent out by "my boy Nate, who has my account info." He would not say whether his boy Nate was accurately reflecting what his boy Stew told him. The Eagles, who are expected to put Bradley on injured reserve before the start of the regular season, would only say that an ACL injury is "a 6-to-12-month injury," which would effectively squash Bradley's hopes for a late '09 return.

Not Happy With Media

Right tackle Shawn Andrews, who injured his back in a conditioning run on the first day of training camp and has yet to practice, apparently thinks he is being unfairly treated by the media. There have been suggestions by some that Andrews' injury isn't all that severe and that the bigger problem is that he just doesn't want to play football.

Said Andrews: "A lot of you guys with ink pens have questioned my mental toughness. A lot of you guys who never put on a jock strap and never played any football don't really understand. It's tough when a guy can't defend himself. People just make me out to be a nut case. It's all right. I'm content with myself and where God wants me to be."

Andrews battled depression last year and is taking medication for it. He said his depression has nothing to do with why he hasn't practiced. "I'm really over it and all the outside pressures," he said. "I've done everything in my power to get back."

Heard It Here First

Before telling his players that the team had signed Michael Vick on Aug. 13, head coach Andy Reid pulled backup quarterback Kevin Kolb aside and told him first. He told Kolb that Vick's signing would have no effect on his status as the team's backup quarterback. "I trust Andy and know that he's doing the best thing for our team and trust what he's told me." Kolb has been out for several days with a MCL sprain in his knee, but is expected to resume practicing this week.

Second Chances

"It's going to be initially disappointing to some people that we are giving Michael a second chance. I'm aware of that. My hope is that, as we go forward, that Michael will prove his value to society. Whether he becomes a good football player again is possible. But more importantly for Michael and the National Football League, he has an opportunity to be a very valuable member of society, and that's the goal here."
-- Eagles owner Jeff Lurie.

NOTES:
QB Mike Vick, who signed with the Eagles on Thursday, practiced for the first time with the team on Saturday morning. He took snaps at quarterback, though the team is expected to use him in a variety of roles.
--QB A.J. Feeley could be in jeopardy of losing his job as the team's No. 3 quarterback with the signing of Michael Vick.
--RB Eldra Buckley helped his chances of earning a roster spot with a solid performance in the Eagles' first preseason game against the Patriots. Buckley had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. He caught six passes for 59 yards.
--DE Victor Abiamiri was back at practice Saturday after missing all of training camp with a strained pectoral muscle. Abiamiri is expected to be the team's season-opening starting left end, assuming he stays healthy.
--PK David Akers booted three field goals in Thursday night's preseason loss to the Patriots. But he also missed a 43-yarder and had a 44-yarder blocked.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown, right, intercepts a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Eldra Buckley vs. Lorenzo Booker for the third running back spot. Buckley played very well in the Eagles' preseason loss to the Patriots, scoring two touchdowns and catching a team-high six passes for 59 yards. Booker had just four touches in the game, rushing for 13 yards on three carries and catching a 25-yard pass.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Sheldon Brown vs. Ellis Hobbs for the starting right cornerback job. Brown, the incumbent, has outplayed Hobbs in camp and also Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots. Brown broke up a third-down Tom Brady pass on the Pats' first possession and later intercepted a Brady deep ball for Randy Moss.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB LeSean McCoy. The rookie rushed for 55 yards on a 10 carries in the Eagles'27-25 preseason loss to New England. He did a good job when he had to block and also had a 19-yard reception.

ROOKIE REPORT
--First-round WR Jeremy Maclin seems to be doing a good job of making up for lost time caused by his holdout. He had three catches for 44 yards against the Pats. He had 25- and 31-yard kickoff returns, but muffed a punt.
--Second-round RB LeSean McCoy had a solid performance against the Patriots, rushing for 55 yards on 10 carries. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. He showed no reluctance to run between the tackles and did a nice job of blocking on the few occasions when he had to do it.
--Sixth-round WR Brandon Gibson caught four passes for 20 yards against the Patriots.

INJURY REPORT: CB Sheldon Brown suffered a rib injury in practice Saturday after he intercepted a pass and fell on the ball. It's not known how serious the injury is ... QB Kevin Kolb (MCL sprain) is about ready to return to practice. He didn't play against New England ... RB Brian Westbrook (ankle surgery) began practicing Saturday, but only in limited individual drills. He did not participate in team work ... RT Shawn Andrews (back) still has yet to practice this summer ... LT Jason Peters re-injured his quad against New England, but it's not as bad as the Eagles initially feared. He probably won't play this week against Indianapolis ... LG Todd Herremans (stress reaction in his foot) is expected to sit out the rest of the preseason ... TE Brent Celek (shoulder sprain) got hurt in Thursday's game, but isn't expected to be out long ... DE Trent Cole (shoulder sprain) didn't play against New England ... DE Brian Smith suffered a concussion in the New England game.

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