Eagles TE Brent Celek has slight MCL sprain; Andy Reid, Howie Roseman consider options

Brent Celek suffered a slight sprain of the MCL in his right knee during Thursday afternoon’s practice. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Eagles tight end Brent Celek has a slight sprain of the MCL in his right knee, which an MRI confirmed after Celek suffered the injury during Thursday afternoon’s practice.

Celek will be day-to-day while recovering. The injury occurred during a naked bootleg when Celek pivoted and had his foot caught in the grass.

“Mild knee sprain, doesn’t hurt that bad,” Celek said. “Just something that I have to be cautious about.”

Coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman will discuss veteran tight ends, but it doesn’t seem like Jeremy Shockey is in that group. “Not right now, no,” Reid said. Considering Celek could soon return, it might not make sense for the Eagles to sign someone simply to balance the reps in camp. Reid mentioned using a fullback such as Emil Igwenagu in that role.

“We just got to weigh that out, whether we bring somebody else in or do this,” Reid said. “When you bring somebody else in, and if they haven’t been in a camp, then they got to take a three-day build-up, so it’s not going to help you tomorrow. We got to look at those things. And Brent could be back the next couple days, it could be a week.”

For Celek, the injury is frustrating because he arrived at camp with a clean bill of health. The injury likely won't set him back with the offense or make him miss any preseason games unless it lingers. But Celek took little solace in the timing of it, focusing instead that he's not practicing.

“In order to win a Super Bowl," Celek said, "we need all of us out there.”

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