Monday's camp review: A fight, then a day off
7:45 p.m. -- Time for a day off
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- After three hitting practices, Eagles players are happy to get a day off on Tuesday.
They'll be back to the normal schedule on Wednesday and won't have another day off until the following Tuesday.
DeSean Jackson: "I’m gonna enjoy that day off and get out of Lehigh for a
couple hours and things like that and relax these feet."
Nate Allen: "It will be nice because we’ve been going at it. We know
we’re working for it. We want to get this in and hit the ground
Jeremy Maclin: "Definitely. I’m gonna go home and get a massage."
-- Dave Zangaro
7:38 p.m. -- Tempers flare
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Afternoon practices are hot. Tempers are even hotter.
a day after a scuffle broke out between defensive tackle Derek Landri
and center Jason Kelce, there was another fight during the afternoon
practice at Lehigh on Monday (see story)
This time: DeSean Jackson vs. Brandon Hughes.
lined up on the left side and Hughes had tight coverage during an
11-on-11 play. The pass fell incomplete and the play should have been
over. Only it wasn’t. The scuffle started with some pushing back and
forth before punches were thrown. The two had to be separated.
was visibly more heated and had to be restrained by former teammate and
coaching intern Greg Lewis, who led Jackson down the sideline to cool
off.7:21 p.m. -- WR Johnson dislocates ankle
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Eagles wide receiver Ronald Johnson left training camp
on Monday during the team’s afternoon practice after suffering a
dislocated and possibly fractured left ankle during a non-contact play (see story)
trainer Rick Burkholder said Johnson will likely need surgery and had
been taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital for further
“We tried to reduce it on the field,” Burkholder said
of the dislocation. “He tried to reduce it himself, and it wouldn’t
stay in. Dr. Peter DeLuca [Eagles team physician] was with us on the
field, he tried to reduce it on the field, and it wouldn’t stay in. The
reason it wouldn’t stay in is, we think, there’s a fracture on the
1:55 p.m. -- Three random facts
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Because the morning practice ends around 10 a.m. and
the afternoon doesn't start until 2:45 p.m., there's plenty of down time
to explore Lehigh University and the surrounding area.
And there's still down time when that's done. So, that brings us to
this: here are three random facts provided in the training camp media
guide. They're not football related and would be pretty darn hard for me
to work into a story:
1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lists his nickname as "Sexy Bologna."
2. Clay Harbor's favorite musicians are Drake, Zach Brown Band, Al Green, Jason Aldean and Lil Wayne.
3. Michael Vick's first job was as a pool attendant.
I think I'm gonna try to do this every time I'm up here during camp. Let me know what you think.
-- Dave Zangaro
1:25 p.m. -- Lewis ready when called
LeSean McCoy has turned into one of the elite running backs in the NFL, but Dion Lewis is fully aware that McCoy can't run the ball every single down.
Lewis is performing well thus far at training camp, and he's preparing to spell McCoy when needed this season (see story)
Bryce Brown has also been impressive.
"Bryce, as you know, is a highly talented young man and has an excellent opportunity here," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "He’s going to make the most of it. He is preparing in the classroom diligently with [running backs coach] Ted Williams, and he’s getting his hard work done on the field and it’s shown for him. He’s had an excellent camp up-to-date as well.”11:35 a.m. -- Compliments for Kafka
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg gave back-up QB Mike Kafka a strong endorsement Monday morning.
"I have great confidence in Mike Kafka," he said (see story)
. "He's a highly confident young man himself. He's got skill and ability ... we all have great confidence in Mike."
Kafka, the Eagles' fourth-round draft pick out of Northwestern in 2010, has gotten the majority of reps with the second team thus far in training camp.10:08 a.m. -- Eagles work out WR
After the morning walk-through was finished, the Eagles worked out rookie free agent wide receiver Travis Cobb.
Cobb, 6-0, 180, is a undrafted player from Arizona, where he caught passes from Nick Foles.
It's likely the Eagles took notice of Cobb while scouting Foles, their third-round pick. Cobb also returned kicks at Arizona.
The Eagles are down a wideout, for now, after Riley Cooper fractured his collarbone earlier in camp.
-- Dave Zangaro
8:51 a.m. -- Early morning notes
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Eagles' early morning walk-through is underway.
As expected, defensive end Jason Babin wasn't in attendance. Babin has a calf strain. He is expected to be out for about another week. Shortly after the walk-through started, Babin tweeted that he [passed] the thermometer used to measure whether players are overheating during practice through his system.
Now that the thermometer is gone, he will be able to get an MRI.
Phillip Tomas, who left Sunday's practice early with a hamstring injury, was not on the practice field early Monday morning.
Brent Celek, who has a mild knee strain, was at the walk-through. We'll see if he's able to practice in the afternoon session. On Sunday, Andy Reid said, “Celek is making progress, doing well.”
There were a few hundred fans on hand for the morning practice as it began on the soggy Lehigh fields. They were there but pretty quiet. It's hard to get excited for a walk-through. -- Dave Zangaro