BETHLEHEM --- Brent Celek left practice early Thursday with what the Eagles described as a "mild" right knee sprain. Celek later walked briskly to the parking lot, waving off reporters' concerns with "I'll be good. I promise." He was wearing a wrapping on his right leg.
Just a day earlier, the Eagles seemed to be done with their tight end flirtation. Visanthe Shiancoe had signed with the Patriots, and the Eagles hadn't opted to bring in Jeremy Shockey for a physical, after reports said they might. Does this change anything? There's no reason to think Celek will miss any game time, but even if he misses a week or two of Lehigh workouts, that's a lot of reps for the backup group led by Clay Harbor, Brett Brackett and Chase Ford. At the very least, these guys will get a better basis for evaluation. If they don't look so hot, THEN we could see Shockey or somebody.
A source close to the situation said Thursday there is "mutual" interest between Shockey and the Eagles, but nothing is close to happening now.
There's always competition. I'll be surprised when there's not," Harbor told reporters Thursday, after the first full-squad workout of training camp, which was closed to the public. "Another guy or two added into the mix just makes it better. As players, you see the competition, you see what other guys do, you welcome them and you just push each other ... It helps you grow as a player. You do things right, if things don't work out with a certain team, yo're a good player, you'll wind up somewhere else."