Reid Expects Westbrook to Report on Time

Eagles coach Andy Reid says he expects Brian Westbrook to report to training camp on time. (Yong Kim/Daily News file photo)

  Andy Reid said he isn't worrying about a potential Brian Westbrook holdout, as the franchise running back tries to get a better contract. Westbrook, who last week fired agent Fletcher Smith, is expected to hire South Jersey native J.R. Rickert within the next day or so. Veterans are scheduled to report to Lehigh on Thursday.

  "I'm sure he would be" on time, Reid said of Westbrook, during Reid's training camp-opening news conference. Rookies and select vets reported today. "Brian's obviously one of the leaders of this football team, so I would expect that he would be here."

   Reid also said he was not concerned about the contract squabble shadowing the Birds' season.

     "We've always done a good job with those things, so I'm not worried about that. We've always been very fair and understanding to playes we've approached about contracts ... I'll leave it at that," Reid said.

     Other news: The Eagles signed their final rookie, second-round defensive tackle Trevor Laws, but Reid disclosed that Laws had suffered a foot injury preparing for camp and won't participate in the rookie workouts that begin today and continue through Thursday. Reid didn't go into detail about the injury. He seemed to anticipate Laws being OK by the end of the week, when full-squad practices begin.

    The other primary rookie d-lineman, third-round defensive end Bryan Smith, needed an MRI yesterday after suffering a hamstring injury. Reid noted that defensive line coach Pete Jenkins "might not have much to do" until vets report.

    Reid said he will meet with disgruntled corner Lito Sheppard when he reports, presumably to clear the air. Reid said Sheppard "will have an opportunity to start just like the other guys do," though Reid has named $57 million free-agent signee Asante Samuel the starter on the left side, where Sheppard has played in  the past.

    One sign that this is Reid's 10th Eagles camp and not his first was his announcement of an "over-30 club." Veterans over 30 years old --excluding the quarterbacks and kicker David Akers, who are needed every day -- will work two full days, then get the morning practice off the third day, throughout camp, Reid said.