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Allen and Page splitting safety reps

Safety Nate Allen said that he and Jarrad Page, who the Eagles acquired a few weeks ago, are exchanging repetitions with the first team defense.

Allen and Page splitting safety reps

Eagles safety Nate Allen has been splitting reps with Jarrad Page. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Eagles safety Nate Allen has been splitting reps with Jarrad Page. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Safety Nate Allen said that he and Jarrad Page, who the Eagles acquired a few weeks ago, are exchanging repetitions with the first team defense.

Allen did not have a strong outing in the Eagles' preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday. He said after the game that his knee was still sore. He ruptured his patellar tendon in December and had surgery soon after. He said Monday that his knee is somewhere in between 90 and 100 percent healthy.

"There’s good days and bad days," Allen said after practice. "It gets sore on me, but hey, I’m not going to make no excuse."

Page has 40 career starts over five seasons in the NFL. He last played for the New England Patroits, but spent his first four seasons in Kansas City.

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"Coaches just gave me an opportunity to be out there on the field," Page said, "and I'm just trying to work hard and pick up the defense."

OTHER EAGLES NEWS:

-- Tackle Ryan Harris (back spasms), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (back spasms), defensive tackle Trevor Laws (hip), defensive end Juqua Parker (calf) and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (hamstring) did not practice Monday. Tackle Todd Herremans left practice early after dislocating his finger. The Eagles said he would be OK.

-- Defensive end Brandon Graham said that he would remain on the Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP) for the start of the season and thus not be eligible to return until Game 7. Graham, who tore his ACL in December and also had microfracture knee surgery, vowed that he would play this season, however.

-- Wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (illness) and Steve Smith (knee) caught passes with backup quarterback Mike Kafka following practice.

-- Former Eagles offensive coordinator and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress observed practice on Monday. Childress is currently not coaching anywhere.

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