BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- As of his 5 p.m. press conference, Andy Reid said that Jeremy Maclin had yet to be signed to a contract. Of course, that means the No. 1 draft pick of the Eagles has not yet reported for training camp here at Lehigh University. Players cannot practice until they are under contract.
"He hasn't signed yet," Reid said. "We'll see how things go through the day here. We feel close on a couple of areas. We need to get closer on a couple of other areas."
Maclin, the No. 19 overall pick out of Missouri, has until tomorrow morning before actual practices begin. A message left with Maclin's agent Jim Steiner was not immediately returned.
Reid obviously wants him in camp.
"I've said this the last ten years and I'll say it again," Reid said. "It's important for the rookies to be here. I think it's very important. Any day you miss puts you behind. I felt as we progressed in the minicamps that Jeremy was getting used to this offense. ... I still think he needs work from a team perspective."
As far as injuries go, Reid said that guard Stacy Andrews, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, "should be ready to go tomorrow." Andrews said earlier that he felt better than he had in minicamp, but that his right knee is still not 100 percent.
Guard Max Jean-Gilles (ankle) and wide receiver Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) are expected to practice, as well.
Running back Brian Westbrook is still nursing his right ankle after June surgery to repair bone spurs. Reid said that Westbrook could be back on the field by the middle of August. Westbrook is already at camp, but he will strictly work with trainer Rick Burkholder for the next few weeks.
"I think he has a chance to be back by mid-August," Reid said. "And then we'll just take it from there. You never know on these things."
There was one injury that occurred during the summer break. Victor Abiamiri strained a peck muscle lifting weights. Reid said that the oft-injured third year defensive end most likely also wouldn't be back until mid-August.
"He wants to be out here," Reid said. "The injuries frustrate him."