All the Eagles veterans were accounted for at training camp as the 6 p.m. reporting time arrived, the Eagles said. That included disgruntled cornerback Sheldon Brown, who skipped the team's voluntary workouts this spring. The players were scheduled for a 7 p.m. meeting with the coaches.
After Brown rolled up the dorms in a dark blue Mercedes, he explained what Andy Reid was talking about the other day, when Reid's lauded Brown's sense of humor. The Eagles' coach had texted Brown, asking if he intended to show up on time for camp. Turns out, Brown texted back that since he was reading about his age being a factor in the Eagles' decision not to rework his contract, he wanted to know how much time off Reid would give him. Brown turned 30 in March, so he indeed is eligible for Reid's 30-plus club, whose members get every third morning off during training camp.
"I'm here, and I'm going to do what I've always done -- play hard, practice hard, and give it all I've got," said Brown, who could be competing for a starting job with newcomer Ellis Hobbs. Brown said he is reporting in good shape. He said he won't be thinking about the team's refusal to rework his contract, when he's on the field.
"When I come play, I come play," he said. "It's part of being a good corner. You get beat on a play, you've just got to wake up and you've just got to say, 'forget about the last (play).' The past's the past, you live for the future, and that's what I do."
Brown, the only remaining defensive starter from the Eagles' Super Bowl XXXIX team, added his voice to those mourning Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who passed away from metastasized melanoma Tuesday.
"He knew how to say bad things to you in a good way, to get up under your skin," Brown said. Brown recalled Johnson taking time to talk to Brown's parents, when Brown was new to the Eagles. "A lot of coaches wouldn't have done that," Brown said.
The Eagles also announced the formation of the Jim Johnson Melanoma Research Fund. Donations can be sent to:
Jim Johnson Melanoma Research Fund
c/o Tricia Bruning
Abramson Cancer Center
3535 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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