Thursday, December 25, 2014

Birds trade RBs with Browns; Peters needs surgery

Center Mike McGlynn said that as he was getting ready to leave the locker room for practice today, running back Mike Bell walked back in.

Birds trade RBs with Browns; Peters needs surgery

The Eagles acquired Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison for Mike Bell today. (AP Photo / Brian Blanco)
The Eagles acquired Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison for Mike Bell today. (AP Photo / Brian Blanco)

Center Mike McGlynn said that as he was getting ready to leave the locker room for practice today, running back Mike Bell walked back in.

"He said, 'I've just been traded,' " McGlynn said.

Bell, who looked terminally slow in limited action (16 carries, 28 yards), went to the Browns and former Eagles GM Tom Heckert, for running back Jerome Harrison.

Current Eagles GM Howie Roseman said "a change of scenery might be good for both players."

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Roseman said Bell is a between-the-tackles runner who needs lots of carries to be effective, something that wasn't going to happen playing behind Shady McCoy. Though he didn't play in a West Coast offense in Cleveland, Harrison (5-9, 205), is more of a West Coast-type back, quick and effective as a receiver. He has played in 51 career games for the Browns, with 1,401 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 302 carries (4.6 average). He also had 61 catches for 444 yards and three touchdowns.

Last year, Harrison, 27, led the team with 194 carries for 862 yards and five touchdowns, and tied for the team lead with 34 receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

Over the final three games of the season, he amassed a league-high 561 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including a 286-yard effort on Dec. 20 at Kansas City, which ranks as the third-highest single-game rushing total in NFL history, trailing only Adrian Peterson (296 yards on Nov. 7, 2007 vs. San Diego) and Jamal Lewis (Sept. 4, 2003 vs. Cleveland).

Bell was signed as restricted free agent from the Super Bowl champion Saints in the offseason, the only restricted free agent to move to a new team in the league. He was hampered by injuries in training camp.

Before practice today, he was asked about being a client of agent Josh Luchs, whose confessional in the current issue of Sports Illustrated is causing quite a stir. In it, Luchs acknowledges giving money to college players earlier in his agenting career. Bell said he never got money from Luchs. He also said he doesn't know anything about Luchs' apparent plans to leave the business.

"I haven't talked to him," Bell said.

That might have changed minutes later, when Bell was traded.

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Kevin Kolb will take all the reps at practice today, as Michael Vick continues to recover from his rib cartilage injury, coach Andy Reid said.

The swelling has gone down, but Vick still is in pain, Reid said, noting that Vick is making progress. He has added weight lifting to his rehab routine, but he is not throwing yet. Reid didn't say so, but this would seem to mean Vick won't play this week, which isn't a shock.

Left tackle Jason Peters will have surgery tomorrow for a meniscus tear in his left knee and will be out this week. Reid termed the surgery "a cleanout." Reid said he did not have a long-term prognosis for Peters (but a decent guess would be this week and next week, with the bye after that, then he returns). King Dunlap will start in his place.

Reid said all thing considered, Dunlap didn't fare so poorly on film review, after replacing Peters early in Sunday night's game. He will be going up against a formidable pass rusher in Atlanta's John Abraham..

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is not going to need surgery on his left elbow sprain and is day-to-day. He has strength in his arm -- a crucial component of the decision to try to brace the joint and continue to play -- but also has swelling, Reid said, saying it "would be a stretch" for him to play Sunday.

Reid said Monday that Bunkley likely would need season-ending surgery, but he was reviewed by Dr. James Andrews and team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca and the diagnosis was amended.

Jeff Owens might be brought up from the practice squad, but Reid said that will depend on how Bunkley's recovery goes. Owens will continue to practice with the team, but no move has been made.

Cornerback Asante Samuel and wide receiver Riley Cooper, who both missed Sunday's game with concussions, will be back at practice today.

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Tight end Brent Celek, who hauled in only three of the nine passes thrown to him Sunday night against an aggressive San Francisco defense, said: "They're tough catches, but they're catches I've made in the past, and I should be making them now. There's no excuse for me not to make them."

Pressed on why he hasn't been as surehanded as usual this season, Celek said: "I've got a bruised wrist, but that doesn't stop me from catching the ball." 

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