Parker in court, L.J. Smith and more

Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker is expected to appear in a Northampton County courtroom today to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge, Parker's attorney, Steve Shields, told the Daily News.

Parker probably will be in court "for a few minutes, just to sign a few forms," Shields said.

The appearance is scheduled for 12:30, during the team's break between practices.

"I don't know how this case will be resolved," Shields said. "There are a lot of different options."


Former Eagles tight end L.J. Smith has been hampered by a hamstring injury as training camp has started with the Baltimore Ravens, Paul Domowitch reports. He sat out for more than a week and a half and returned to the practice field late last week on a limited basis.

Smith, viewed as a disappointment by most Eagles fans, was asked to reflect on the end of his time with the Eagles. He said that injuries weren't the only thing working against him his final two seasons in Philly, though he declined to get very specific.

"There were a lot of things going on there, a lot of internal things," he said. "There were several people in the organization that put things out [about me] in the media like bait. Like, 'Go get him.'

"I don't play the media game, because, as a player, you're never going to have the last word. You can call in to a radio station and try to defend your position. But you're never going to have the last word, because, as soon as you hang up, they're talking about you. They're going to create a story the way they want to create it."

Smith also suggested that coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg didn't do him many favors with their playcalling.

"I felt like there were times when certain plays weren't being called for me," he said. "I don't really want to talk about it. As an athlete, you don't want to make headlines. You don't want to bring negative attention to yourself. I just tried to keep my head up and do my job. But it was hard, man. It was hard."

To read more from Smith, click here.


Since nothing gets in the way of the odds and betting on football, the distasteful headline of the day goes to a gambling Web site that we will not name: "Philadelphia Eagles 2009 Odds Hurt by Johnson's Passing."

Yes, we all recognize that things will be different on defense for the Eagles with Sean McDermott at the helm, although a bigger problem might now be the loss of the middle linebacker to a season-ending knee injury. Still, there probably was a better way to make the point than that headline


The Eagles will host a fan appreciation day at training camp today as they wrap up the last of two a days. Wednesday's session is a walkthrough closed to the public. The first 7,500 on hand today will receive a schedule magnet. The Eagles also said they will be offering discounts in the merchandise tent.


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