Eagles coach Andy Reid said Brian Westbrook should be ready to practice with the team by mid-August, as he recovers from ankle surgery. Reid gave the same timetable for inury-plagued defensive end Victor Abiamiri, who strained a pectoral muscle lifting weights recently, Reid said.
Reid gave the updates during his traditional address opening training camp for rookies and select veterans at Lehigh.
Reid said talks toward a contract with first-round wideout Jeremy Maclin were "close in a couple of areas" and not close in others. Maclin seems unlikely to be on hand by the official 6:30 p.m. Sunday reporting time. Rookies work out for the first time Monday at 8:45 a.m.
"I think it's important for the rookies to be here. Any day you miss puts you behind," Reid said. But he didn't give a deadline when asked at what point he would begin to adjust expectations for Maclin's season. Reid seemed hopeful things would be resolved quickly. "We'll see how today finishes up," he said.
*Reid said Westbrook will do rehab work on his own the next three days with head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder.
*Reid said he agreed with team president Joe Banner that "there's a lot of talent here," but he stopped short of calling his roster the best in the league.
*Reid praised the work ethic of new right guard Stacy Andrews, who will work out with the rookies. Reid said it was yet to be determined whether Andrews will be ready to go Friday, when full-team, full-contact drills begin.
*Reid said he had "texted with" disgruntled corner Sheldon Brown and offered that Brown "hasn't lost his sense of humor," though Reid didn't explain what he meant. He said Brown will "be ready to go" when veterans are scheduled to report, on Wednesday.
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