Reid goes easy for once

Matt Gelb here, filling in at Lehigh.

With injuries and the 30-plus club taking the morning off, Andy Reid noticed the depth issues and decided to have his players practice in "shells" without hitting. So there's not much off of this morning's practice.

"It really was numbers; it was numbers today. Between the 30-plus club and the defensive end situation and the tight end situation and Shawn [Andrews] out for personal reasons, I had to pull back on them a little bit. We were still able to get the work in, we just didn't do the live periods that we normally do in pads."

Chris Clemons did return today, fully recovered from his dehydration scare on Tuesday. It's probably a good thing he did -- the Eagles were missing four of their seven defensive ends in camp today. Juqua Parker and Darren Howard had the morning off and Victor Abiamiri and Bryan Smith are injured.

Clemons said he's feeling good and that he's getting back into football shape. His main message was that he needs to monitor his body better.

"That day I was just pushing so hard," Clemons said of Tuesday's practice. "It was just something I’d push through and push through and after a while it kind of goes downhill.

Abiamiri did make an appearance after practice was over. While reporters were waiting behind the practice facility here, Abiamiri walked in with a removable cast on his right arm. "Feeling good," he said as he walked by. Reid said the surgery was successful but the Eagles have no idea on a timetable for his return.

Also, linebacker Rocky Boiman practiced today after missing the last two days.

-- DeSean Jackson had a good day in the passing drills. He was the primary target for Kevin Kolb this morning.

-- Lorenzo Booker made the catch of the day, a beautiful outstretched, one-handed grab.

-- Brian Westbrook threw a 25-yard pass to Hank Baskett after taking a pitch from Kolb. It was a solid throw. But there was no defense on the field.

-- Quinton Demps had the lone interception of the morning.

Afternoon update: Rookie Bryan Smith practiced for the first time in training camp this afternoon. Smith wouldn't flat out say it, but he acknowledged that he was worried about all of the time he was missing, especially the fact that playing time on the line is up for grabs.