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Maclin not practicing, Watkins starting and more

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Jeremy Maclin was back at Eagles training camp.

Maclin not practicing, Watkins starting and more

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Jeremy Maclin was back at Eagles training camp.

That was the good news.

The not-so-good news was that he can't practice until he is cleared by doctors for an unspecified illness and that appears to still be a ways off.

"He's not done with his tests so the doctors are still looking at a few things," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He's up here, he's in good spirits, he looks good. He's able to do some conditioning things. ... From what he's gone through it looks like he's in good shape."

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Maclin is visibly thinner than he was early in the summer when he was participating in informal workouts with other Eagles in Malton, N.J. He said then that he regained most of the weight he had lost a few months earlier after experiencing mono-like symptoms.

The Eagles wide receiver won't speak with reporters until he returns to practice. That could be some time.

-- Winston Justice doesn't appear to be any closer to getting back on the field, either. The Eagles tackle is recovering from off-season arthroscopic knee surgery and is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform List.

Reid was asked why he was apparently behind in his recovery.

"His schedule was a little bit crazy because he was a player rep, so he was all over the place," Reid said, referring to Justice's role at the Eagles' union rep. "So I think it set back his rehab just a bit. He did a good job with the player rep part of it, but the lockout in his case, I don't think helped him with getting the rehab done on his leg that he needed to."

There's obviously some concern about his timetable for a return. The Eagles went out and signed tackle Ryan Harris, a former starting tackle for the Denver Broncos. He is expected to be in camp some time today.

"Harris is a good football player, we welcome him into the mix," Reid said. "Winston's just got to continue to rehab until he can get back."

King Dunlap opened camp as the starting right tackle, but Austin Howard has been there recently. New offensive line coach Howard Mudd has tinkered with his line at several positions.

"We're kind of mixing and matching people as we go here," Reid said. "We'll come up with the five by the time we come out of camp."

-- The Eagles were obviously elated to have their top pick in camp after a five-day holdout. Danny Watkins spent part of the morning practice already starting at right guard. He admitted that he has a lot of ground to make up. 

"Today was one for the books," Watkins said.

Watkins said that he spent most of Tuesday -- his first full day up at Lehigh -- with Mudd and was glued to his side during Wednesday's practice.

"He's an encyclopedia of knowledge," Watkins said. "I don't think it could have been a better fit me coming here and working with him."

Watkins laughed when he was asked if he had to endure some razzing from the other offensive linemen because of his holdout.

"It's to be expected," he said.

Watkins is rooming with guard Todd Herremans, center Jamaal Jackson and fellow rookie guard Julian Vandervelde, who Watkins said he calls "The Kraut."

-- The recently-signed Ronnie Brown said what most had speculated -- he came to the Eagles because he wanted to be apart of a team that has a legitimate chance at winning the Super Bowl.

Brown spent most of his career as the Miami's lead running back. He won't get nearly that many carries with LeSean McCoy the Eagles' starter.

"At the end of the day, you want to win games," Brown said. "That's why you’re here. My ultimate goal at this level is to win a championship. I think I can do that here."

-- With Mike Patterson in the hospital after suffering a seizure, Trevor Laws out with a hip flexor, Cullen Jenkins still on the sidelines because of the NFL rule keeping free agents from practicing until Thursday or Friday and Brodrick Bunkley traded to Denver, the Eagles are short on defensive tackles. 

"Do I have a concern about the shortage of defensive tackles? Yeah, I do," Reid said. "Realistically, we're short."

Defensive end Victor Abiamiri had been playing some inside but he was in the trainer's tent Wednesday for an unspecified injury.

-- Camp practice No. 6 and still no sign of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

"I don't have an update for you," Reid said.

-- Kurt Coleman (ankle) was back at practice and running with the first team at strong safety.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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