BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- LeSean McCoy left practice early with symptoms of dehydration, coach Andy Reid said. The Eagles running back said that he was seeing stars when he left the field. He did not return and Eldra Buckley moved up onto the first team with backup Mike Bell also out.
Buckley made the best of his opportunity, but endured another blow when Ernie Sims cracked him after a catch. Quarterback Kevin Kolb threw a screen pass to Buckley that was a tad high and before he came down Sims popped him. It was a non-contact drill, however, and tackle Jason Peters and center Mike McGlynn had some words for Sims.
"I'm not going to say much about it," McGlynn said. "It's part of practice. Everybody's fired up. But when something like that happens you got to stand up for your guy, and they'd do the same thing if we did that to them."
Where do you draw the line, though?
"The guys's defenseless like that ... there's not much more I can say," McGlynn said.
Buckley, who has already been tattooed by linebacker Stewart Bradley a few times, said that bore no ill-will towards Sims.
"He's just being aggressive," Buckley said. "That's what he's supposed to do.
-- Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Buckley left practice early as a precautionary measure against the heat. Jackson declined to answer questions after practice with a shake of the head.
-- The following players missed all of practice and did not rehab outdoors: center Nick Cole (knee), wide receiver Hank Baskett (knee), running back Mike Bell (hamstring), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (concussion), center A.Q. Shipley (ankle), defensive end Ricky Sapp (knee) and kicker David Akers (heel). Reid said Baskett has a MCL sprain. Bell, he said, is getting closer to returning. Akers said he was just taking a 30-over day off. Defensive end Juqua Parker also took a 30-over day to rest his aging body.
-- Tight end Cornelius Ingram (knee, according to Reid; calf, according to Ingram) was out for the early portion of practice and then went inside. Reid was asked if Ingram's injury was his knee or his calf. The coach said that his knee swelled down into his calf. Uh, OK. Ingram, by the way, is trying to come back from two torn ACLs.
-- Linebacker Keenan Clayton returned to practice after missing a few days for personal reasons.
-- Coming off a difficult practice Sunday with a lot of hitting, this morning had to be one of the more strenuous camp practices for the Eagles. Reid agreed. You could hear a number of players counting down the moments till the end of practice.
-- Kevin Kolb continues to look a little shaky. He had trouble with a few early out patterns but was sharp on screen passes and curls. He made a great read during "red zone" and hit tight end Brent Celek in stride for a "touchdown."
-- Michael Vick had his second solid practice in a row, but tossed a interception to Quintin Demps late in practice.
-- Demps has quietly had a nice camp. He's still behind Nate Allen at free safety, but has cemented his spot as the third safety on the team. Reid agreed with a questioner that made a similar observation. He did not answer the part of the question that asked if Demps could supplant Allen.
-- You have to question Parker's decision to take a 30-over day off with rookie Brandon Graham making the most of his repetitions with the first team.