Bell injures calf; Herremans, Jamaal Jackson take the field

 Running back Mike Bell began the morning as a full participant, after taking part in portions of practice last week because of a hamstring injury.

About an hour into the session he was taken to be examined and then carted off the field back to the locker room.

Bell has a slight calf strain, according to Bell and coach Andy Reid.

"It's one of those things that just happened," said Bell, who has been in anguish over not getting much of a chance to show his new team what he can do, since signing as a restricted free agent from the Saints in the offseason. Bell said he felt his calf tighten jogging back to the huddle after a carry. "I'll be fine, man I'm one of those people that's going to come back stronger ... It could have been an Achilles', it could have been an ACL, but it's just a calf. That's always a blessing." 


The Eagles have activated guard Todd Herremans and center Jamaal Jackson off the physically unable to perform list and both were on the field this morning for a portion of practice.

Herremans has not practiced with the team since early in spring workouts with a foot problem. His landing on the PUP list to start training camp was a bit of a surprise, especially after both the team and Herremans said he was fine following a visit to a specialist.

Jackson tore his ACL in the Dec. 26 game against the Broncos and has been rehabbing since.

"A little something," Jackson said of the unexpected return.

Jackson's agent, J.R. Rickert, took to Twitter this morning with this message: "Jamaal Jackson returns today!! Mission, Green Bay, September 12th."

Both players have been working out on the side daily during training camp in an effort to get back. This is an obvious step in the right direction for both, although what it means in terms of how quickly they can get on the field, especially Jackson, remains to be seen.

Andy Reid would not talk about a timetable or even what the next step might be for Herremans and Jackson. Reid said back in the spring that Jackson being ready for the opener might be a bit of a stretch. He said today it was impossible to say whether Jackson will play in the opener.

Reid said backup center Nick Cole, out more than a week with knee swelling, is very close to returning.

The team has released punter Ken Parrish. Parrish, an East Stroudsburg product who also was in training camp last season, was unlikely to beat out incumbent Sav Rocca. He did get some footage on film for other teams, though, by punting and handling kickoffs during Friday night's preseason opener against Jacksonville. 


Defensive back Macho Harris was back on the field this morning after missing last week with a hamstring injury.

Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (concussion) and wide receiver Hank Baskett (knee) practiced; safety Quintin Demps, injured on a kickoff in Friday's preseason game, remains out with what Reid said is a knee contusion.

And in something we have not seen at all during training camp: Jason Avant dropped a pass, broken up after he had his hands on it by Joselio Hanson.

"I didn't drop it," Avant said, smiling. "I caught it and he poked it out. It was a fumble!"