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What we're watching, minicamp edition

To borrow Paul Domowitch's weekly look at each Eagles game, here is a "What We're Watching" for the Eagles' first minicamp. Players are scheduled to arrive Thursday, with three days of practices scheduled for Friday through Sunday.

What we're watching, minicamp edition

To borrow Paul Domowitch's weekly look at each Eagles game, here is a "What We're Watching" for the Eagles' first minicamp. Players are scheduled to arrive Thursday, with three days of practices scheduled for Friday through Sunday.

Plenty of story lines to follow. Here are some of them:

* Donovan McNabb's contract: The Eagles quarterback expressed his excitement about the team’s new additions in a post on his blog Monday and said he was eager for minicamp. What he did not address is his contract. McNabb is expected to address the media Friday, according to the team’s Web site, and that session figures to have a lot of questions about McNabb’s deal, which has two years remaining, and what he is looking for from the organization.

* Sheldon Brown's mindset: The disgruntled cornerback who has requested a trade said he intends to show up for minicamp. That does not mean his arrival won’t be monitored with questions about his current views to follow. One thing Brown always is, is candid. A year ago, reporters waited outside the NovaCare monitoring whether Lito Sheppard would show for this camp. That was a bigger mystery in terms of his intentions. Now, the waiting will be for Brown.

* Brian Westbrook's knee: The running back had a cleanout procedure on his knee in the offseason and has been working to get ready. He told ESPN a few weeks ago that he was rehabbing three hours a day. Coach Andy Reid said he did not expect the surgery to have any impact on Westbrook’s involvement in the minicamp. “We’ll see how he does. Right now I don’t see that,” Reid said Sunday. “He’s working his tail off; rehabbing and everything. It looks like he’s in great shape.”

* Jim Johnson's health: The defensive coordinator has not addressed the media since his cancer diagnosis was revealed during Super Bowl week. Johnson is reportedly responding well to treatment and has been working a somewhat normal schedule for the last few weeks as the Eagles prepared for the draft. He was among the first people new cornerback Ellis Hobbs spoke to after being acquired by the team Sunday. The coordinators are expected to address the media Saturday, although no one would blame Johnson if he wanted to talk football and his defense instead of about his health.

* The newcomers: Of course, this is the first opportunity for the Eagles to see all their draftees and offseason acquisition wearing their green winged helmets and gather some first impressions. There is quite a list when you consider all the draft picks, especially first-rounder Jeremy Maclin and second-rounder Le Sean McCoy, but also Jason Peters, Leonard Weaver and Ellis Hobbs.

* The Andrews brothers' health: Newcomer Stacy Andrews is not expected to take part in minicamp as he recovers from a torn ACL. His brother, Shawn, is expected to take part after missing the final 14 regular-season games and the postseason following back surgery.

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Temple quarterback Adam DiMichele has been invited to the Eagles minicamp this weekend, his agent Jerome Tierney said. “It's time to get mobile with Adam DiMichelem" the agent said. "When you talk about getting mobile or the Wildcat, you should include Adam DiMichele in that conversation. He ran a 4.57 40 at his Pro Day, which is faster than a lot of NFL receivers. When you talk about a rocket arm, Adam was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays to play baseball. He’s also a proven leader and role model. He’s going to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase his game.” DiMichele was a two-time Temple football MVP and a 3-year starter.

A quick note that you might not have seen: Along with Edgerrin James, the Cardinals cut former Eagles cornerback Rod Hood. He was due to make $3 million next season. Hood played well in his first year with Arizona, but struggled at times last season and the Cards signed Bryant McFadden in free agency.

Also, New Orleans released former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, the Times-Picayune is reporting. The 35-year-old Thomas played in eight games last season after tearing a triceps tendon in training camp and was scheduled to make $1.4 million next season.

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