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Akers faced family health issues

David Akers was dealing with a lot more than just kicking field goals on Sunday.

Akers faced family health issues

David Akers missed two field goals that proved crucial in the Eagles´ 5-point loss to the Packers. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
David Akers missed two field goals that proved crucial in the Eagles' 5-point loss to the Packers. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

David Akers was dealing with a lot more than just kicking field goals on Sunday.

The Eagles kicker, of course, missed two crucial field goals in the Eagles' 21-16 playoff loss to the Packers. But Akers' mind may have been elsewhere. Several of his teammates after the game alluded that the kicker was dealing with personal matters in the week leading up to the game.

His agent, Jerrold Colton, said Monday that the matter was a "family health concern."

"David makes no excuses," Colton said. "He is an intensely private person when it comes to his family. It was a family health concern with one of his family members. That's all it is."

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Colton said that he could not go into further detail.

Akers, who is in the last year of his contract, intimated after the game that he did not expect to be back with the Eagles next season. A 12-year Eagles veteran, he made the Pro Bowl this season for the fifth time in his career.

He missed two big field goals against Green Bay, though, the last a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter. He also was wide right on a 41-yarder in the first quarter.

"We can all count," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Those points would have helped."

Colton said that he and the Eagles have held contract talks, but that the expiring collective bargaining agreement had put those conversations on hold. He said that Akers wants to remain with the Eagles and that he is not considering retirement.

Akers, the longest-tenured Eagle, connected on 32 of 38 field goals in the regular season and had a league-high 143 points.

"Looking back now, 12 years, it's been a nice run," Akers said after the game. "It's not really the way I wanted to go out as an Eagle."


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