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Reid/Jackson clear the air; Samuel limited

Andy Reid and DeSean Jackson met Monday afternoon to clear the air after the Eagles head coach scolded the wide receiver following a bitter 31-26 loss to the Bears on Sunday, team sources said.

Reid/Jackson clear the air; Samuel limited

Andy Reid did not hide his frustration after the Eagles´ loss to the Bears. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid did not hide his frustration after the Eagles' loss to the Bears. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid and DeSean Jackson met Monday afternoon to clear the air after the Eagles head coach scolded the wide receiver following a bitter 31-26 loss to the Bears on Sunday, team sources said.

Jackson declined to answer questions Monday after practice. He simply shook his head when a reporter asked for an interview and walked out of the Eagles locker room at the NovaCare Complex with a team official.

After his radio show on WIP (610-AM) at Chickie and Pete's, Reid was asked about meeting with Jackson on Monday.

"What goes on in the locker room, stays in the locker room," Reid said.

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During the show Reid was asked about the original altercation with the mecurial receiver.

“If I have a problem with any players, we talk about it," Reid said. "I’m not agreeing with you at all here. If anything happens, I address it as a football team."

The Eagles held a relatively light practice on Monday. Cornerback Asante Samuel, who missed Sunday's game with a knee strain, did return but was limited. He and Joselio Hanson split roughly 50 percent of the first-team repetitions, according to Hanson. Samuel was non-committal about a return by Thursday's game against the Texans.

"We'll see," Samuel said. "I'm working every day to see how it goes."

Reid said the team would get a better indication of how far away Samuel is from returning after a night's rest.

Defensive end Juqua Parker (hip) and receiver Riley Cooper (knee) did not practice. Reid said that if Cooper can't play Thursday, Chad Hall would dress.

The Reid-Jackson feud dominated the day-after discussion of the Eagles, though.

Reid called out Jackson not for his two-catches-for-26-yards performance, but for the divaesque receiver's behavior before, during and after the game, according to multiple team sources. The coach thought that Jackson was "goofing off" and wasn't "mentally prepared" before the game, one Eagles starter said.

When an angry Reid admonished his team, with what one veteran said was the worst tirade he had seen out of the coach, Jackson became the target. Reid didn't think the receiver was paying proper attention and the two had a brief exchange, according to multiple Eagles sources.

When the locker room opened after Reid's red-faced post-game press conference, Jackson was seated in front of his locker in only shorts with his head buried in his hand. He sat that way for several moments and then put headphones on. Various Eagles players approached Jackson to talk. He then had animated conversations with quarterback Michael Vick, receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back LeSean McCoy.

Jackson declined an interview request and eventually went to take a shower before access to the Eagles locker room was closed off.

Reid and Jackson came to an accord, according to the sources, and returned to their preparation for Thursday's game against the Texans. The original exchange between the two was the product of Reid's general unhappiness from the Eagles' performance against Chicago and Jackson's own disappointment with his outing, a member of the Eagles coaching staff said.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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