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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to hold press conference Thursday

Jeffrey Lurie will hold his annual state of the Eagles press conference tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field before his team hosts the New York Jets in the preseason finale.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to hold press conference Thursday

Jeffrey Lurie will hold his annual state of the Eagles press conference Thursday at 4 p.m. (Alex Brandon/AP file photo)
Jeffrey Lurie will hold his annual state of the Eagles press conference Thursday at 4 p.m. (Alex Brandon/AP file photo)

Jeffrey Lurie will hold his annual state of the Eagles press conference tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field before his team hosts the New York Jets in the preseason finale.

The owner was originally scheduled to meet with reporters on Aug. 5 during training camp, as usual. But on that morning Andy Reid's son, Garrett, was found dead in his Lehigh University dorm room. The Northampton County Coroner has not yet released an official cause in the death of Garrett Reid.

Lurie spoke briefly after the Eagles' afternoon practice that day, about Reid's loss and the coach's devotion to the team and desire to return. Reid missed only two days of practice and was back with the Eagles three days after his son's death.

Topics likely to be covered during Lurie's presser on Thursday will be:

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-- Reid's future with the Eagles. The coach has two years left on his contract, but is coming off an 8-8 season that Lurie called "unacceptable" back in January. Reid's agent, Bob LaMonte, showed up at training camp six days after Garrett Reid's death and brought up to reporters conversations he said he's always had with Lurie that Reid would be his coach as long as he was owner. Lurie responded with a statement saying that Reid, like almost everyone in the NFL, will be evaluated after the season.

-- Lurie's divorce. The Eagles announced the Luries' split on July 4. While the statement made it clear that Jeffrey and Christina's parting would have no effect on the Eagles and that they would continue to work together, there was some concern that the team could be torn apart in divorce proceedings. Earlier this month, though, there was a report that Lurie would maintain majority ownership and still have the final say in all matters related to the Eagles. Christina Lurie will have a small stake in the team like other minority owners.

-- Joe Banner's departure. Banner stepped down as president in June and took on a senior advisor role with the Eagles. It was viewed in some circles as Reid winning a power struggle, but Lurie lost one of his closest aides when Banner left. Banner is still technically with the team, but he is expected to be named president of the Browns once the sale of that team is finalized sometime in the next two months.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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