UPDATE: Juqua Parker practiced in the afternoon session but declined to comment to reporters. Todd Herremans, the driver of the car involved, also declined to comment.
Brian Westbrook looked good in a postpractice workout supervised by Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
The way Reid was watching Westbrook cut and stride, while catching passes from former Delaware QB Matt Nagy, you had to think Westbrook might be close to joining his teammates on the practice field. Westbrook underwent ankle cleanout surgery in June. When camp began, Reid said he might be able to practice by mid-August, which seemed more optimistic than the original scenario. Now it seems possible Westbrook could be back even sooner.
None of the principals answered questions afterward. Westbrook has told a team spokesman he will only talk when he returns to practice.
The Big Red-Westy Workout capped an eventful morning at Lehigh, which included news of Juqua Parker's overnight arrest on a marijuana charge, team chairman Jeffrey Lurie's annual state-of-the-Jeffrey address, in which Lurie declared that as long as he owns the team, no Eagle would ever again wear Brian Dawkins' No. 20, first-round wideout Jeremy Maclin's first practice after finally coming to contract terms, and much more.
The Parker thing, by the way, is unlikely to have any ramifications whatsoever, other than placing Parker into the league's substance program, if he is found guilty. Assuming Parker is not currently in the program, he should not be subject to suspension, though he could be subject to more testing than other players. If Parker is in the program, he might get a suspension.
Parker was a passenger in the ominous-looking, high-riding flat-black Econoline van driven by offensive lineman Todd Herremans, which made a prohibited left turn near the Lehigh dorms where players sleep and was driving without lights, after midnight.
Reporters have joked with Herremans ever since he acquired the van a few years ago that it looks designed to pique the interest of law enforcement
Parker had the morning off as part of Andy Reid's "30 and over club," but he was on the field for the afternoon practice.
Maclin, meanwhile, made some nice catches in 1-on-1 drills, nabbed a nice low TD throw in the back of the end zone with Jack Ikegwuounu draped over him, and fielded punts, along with DeSean Jackson and Danny Amendola.
Given that he has missed a lot of the offensive installation, his time during the full-team periods was limited. He spent a lot of time conferring with wideouts coach David Culley.
"He was telling me what I'm doing and coaching me up after every snap," Maclin said. "I'm excited, excited to be out here."
Andy Reid also returned to providing injury updates. "Cornelius Ingram, he had a little swelling on his knee, Victor Abiamiri, Shawn Andrews, again these people are getting better here they’re just not there yet, Ellis Hobbs who had a stingers, Trevor Laws, Jason Peters, Matt Schobel and Brian Westbrook," Reid said.
Reid indicated that Andrews' back problem is a muscular issue, not a disc problem. He could not provide a timetable for Andrews' return.
(a compilation of hits and a few misses from the morning session)
*Star of the workout was DeSean Jackson, who can't be covered one-on-one by anyone here, including Asante Samuel. "I don't see any sign of a sophomore slump," said Kevin Kolb, the No. 1 QB Wednesday with 30-plus-club member Donovan McNabb getting the morning off. "(Jackson) knows the game, he loves the game, and he wants to be great in the NFL ... whatever it takes for him to be a star, he's going to do it."
*Speaking of Asante, nothing like a little sucking up to the boss. Samuel fist-bumped Jeffrey Lurie on the sideline and said: "I know if you (were) a football player, you'd be playing defense, right?"
*A Max Jean-Gilles false start led Andy Reid to bark "I tell you what, get another guard in!" Jean-Gilles shuffled off in favor of Mike McGlynn. But on McGlynn's first snap, Reid detected "holding," and switched back to Jean-Gilles, seemingly figuring his message had been delivered.
Later, Reid said: "When you get tired mentall and physically, you lose focus. You have to work through the training camp blues."
"You've got to fight through the heat, fight through when you're tired," said Jean-Gilles, who added that having Tuesday night off, with a comparatively late curfew of 1 a.m., was the real culprit. "You've got a night off, your body's just not adjusted to having all that time off. We'll be all right. I messed up; I'm better than that."
*Jeremy Maclin caused a "timeout" when he lined up right instead of left.
*Jason Babin seemed to be taking a very aggressive approach to his late-starting attempt to win a roster spot at defense end. Babin mixed it up with offensive tackle Chris Patrick.
*This was a "thud" workout, in which there is no tackling to the ground. But new linebacker Matt Wilhelm did stand up Kyle Eckel on a screen.