BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- To get back at evil Eagles beat writers, coach Andy Reid declined to list the Eagles' injuries after today's practice at Lehigh, nor did he address the news that middle linebacker Stewart Bradley tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
Several media outlets, including this one, reported that Bradley is out for the season after an MRI this morning revealed a complete tear of the ACL. Reid was upset that a few reporters called Bradley on his cell phone.
"Some of your colleagues here decided that they would go to the players and/or other personnel here and ask about injuries," Reid said. "I made a pact with you guys when I first got here that I would disclose to you the injuries, just stay away from the players. Stay away from other personnel in the organization and I'd take care of you. That was breached."
WIP's Howard Eskin first reported the news. Andy's ire was apparently not directed toward the sports yakker.
Meanwhile, the players reacted to the loss of their starting middle linebacker.
"It's a major loss," said Donovan McNabb, who suffered an ACL tear three seasons ago.
Said outside linebacker Akeem Jordan: "He’s got to fight back, but we’re only one soldier down. It’s unexpected, but we have to fight back and come together."
Joe Mays ran with the first-team defense at today's practice. He is expected to vie for Bradley's spot with Omar Gaither. He said he knew of Bradley's injury before he walked out onto the field for today's practice.
"I would say there were a couple of butterflies," Mays said. "In a situation like this you always want to earn your job. You never want to have it given to you. ... But I'm ready."
Now a backup outside linebacker, Gaither started at middle linebacker for the entire 2007 season. He was demoted last season.
"I feel like I’m the best man for any job – it doesn’t matter what position," Gaither said. "If it opens for me or Joe you want to take advantage of it. You hate to see something like that happen to your teammate, but had the same thing happened to me or anybody else, whoever was behind me would look forward to taking advantage of the opportunity as well."