Eagles coach Andy Reid said wideout Kevin Curtis suffered a thigh contusion, not a reinjury of his twice-repaired groin, when Curtis collided with safety Quintin Demps on the first day of full-squad, live training camp workouts at Lehigh.
As expected, the six players the Eagles put on the PUP list yesterday afternoon were not on the field. Shawn Andrews (back), Jason Peters (quad), Asante Samuel (hamstring), Trevor Laws (hamstring) and of course, Brian Westbrook (ankle) and Victor Abiamiri (chest) all missed practice. All of them except Andrews worked out on another field with a trainer. Reid said all were progressing, and that Westbrook, who watched practice from the sideline after he was finishing rehabbing, is "champing at the bit." Rookie cornerback Macho Harris, not on the PUP list, also did not practice.
As of noon, 12 of the 32 first-round draft picks had signed, but the Eagles' Jeremy Maclin was not among them.. "Hopefully, that means something," general manager Tom Heckert said during the workout, when asked if getting more first-rounders signed helps the Maclin cause. "But right now, it doesn't."
*Eldra Buckley, the runingg back the Birds picked up off waivers from the Chargers a while back, spent the rookie-and-select vets days showing off the worst hands since Kris Wilson last year. But Friday, when the pads went on, Buckley got the chance to run the ball, instead of trying to catch it, and suddenly, he was a different guy. Buckley had the run of the day, up the gut, then cutting outside. Overall, he seemed to seek contact, twice losing his helmet in collisions.
*Joe Mays tried to arm-tackle Lorenzo Booker in the backfield, but Booker twisted out of his grasp. Mays, obviously upset with himself, pantomimed kicking his helmet in disgust. After the workout, a questioner told Mays that actually kicking the helmet would have provided TV stations with much better video. "It would have hurt my foot, too," Mays pointed out. "And then I would have missed practice."
*Newlywed Hank Baskett hooked up with Donovan McNabb on a crowd-pleasing bomb down the left sideline.
*McNabb found tight end Brent Celek in the middle of the field and Celek did his usual nice job of gaining yardage after the catch and after being hit.
*Jack Ikegwuonu astutely sniffed out a reverse, but he allowed himself to be blocked by Kevin Kolb as Reggie Brown motored past.
*LeSean McCoy had several darting runs, one in which he left Quintin Demps tackling air.
*New right guard Stacy Andrews was in for everything but the full-contact hitting. Reid said the team is
"gradually feeding him in," as Andrews comes back from ACL surgery.
The Eagles have announced a private memorial service will be held for Jim Johnson next Friday, Aug. 7. Both training camp practices at Lehigh will be canceled that day.
The service will take place inside the West Club of Lincoln Financial Field. At the family’s request, the memorial service will be by invitation only, the Eagles said.
Yes, Winston Justice is still here, starting his fourth training camp. He was going to be backing up right tackle Shawn Andrews, but the 2006 second-round pick will work with the first unit today, after Andrews experienced back stiffness following yesterday's fitness run.
At this point, though, it's hard to see what Justice can do in training camp that is going to change anyone's mind about him, unless Osi Umenyiora defects from the Giants, drives to Lehigh, lines up across from Justice and gets schooled.
"I think this camp is more urgent - I feel a sense of urgency through every aspect, from the meetings to the field. I feel like I really need to get out there and show them what I can do," Justice said.
Gee, that sounds like a plan.
Former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas was reunited with Steve Spagnuolo when Thomas signed a 1-year deal with the St. Louis Rams. Thomas was on the field yesterday and is seen as a potential help to the Rams' awful run defense from last season.
When asked about his forte for stopping the run, the ever-colorful Thomas said, "I like beating up on people, that's the only way I can explain it. Take out the frustration. You (media) guys might write something that frustrates me, so I might take it out on the guy that's in front of me next play."
Thomas' agent said he weighed 340 pounds these days. "Yeah, that's ballpark," Thomas told reporters with a laugh.