Sunday, December 21, 2014

Harris out with back spasms

UPDATE: Ryan Harris, who has looked like a strong contender to become the team's starting right tackle, missed practice today with back spasms.

Harris out with back spasms

Ryan Harris is fighting through back pain. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Ryan Harris is fighting through back pain. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: Ryan Harris, who has looked like a strong contender to become the team's starting right tackle, missed practice today with back spasms.

Normally one practice out wouldn't be much to worry about, but coach Andy Reid said Harris has had "work" on his back in the past. Harris also missed 13 games over the past two seasons with toe and ankle injuries. He seemed to be walking fine today but declined an interview request. Harris could be the team's best right tackle, if he is healthy.

"He's had work done on his back before, and so we're just going to make sure we check this thing out and just that it's right," Reid said. "Right now it looks like it's not too serious."

Mike Patterson was back working out with other rehabbing players. Reid said Patterson would need about a week of work to get back into shape. Right now he has only been cleared to work out, Reid said. Patterson said he was feeling "good" but also declined to talk to reporters.

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"He's been cleared to do conditioning, and so we're just holding off on" a final diagnosis," Reid said.

Jamaal Jackson was out with knee tendinitis, Reid said. After Thursday's game Jackson said he felt good and was focused on his health. After tearing an ACL in 2009 and triceps in 2010, his health also bears watching.

Defensive end Juqua Parker left practice with a calf injury.

Defensive tackle Trevor Laws hasn't practiced in over a week because of a hip flexor injury, but he said that he should be back soon.

FROM EARLIER:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- As expected, the Eagles placed wide receiver Steve Smith on the Physically Unable to Perform List.

Signed to a one-year contract on Wednesday, Smith reported to training camp at Lehigh University and is participating in conditioing drills with the rest of the Eagles' injured players on Saturday. Smith, who is recovering from December microfracture knee surgery, is wearing the No. 19.

The Eagles don't anticipate Smith remaining on the PUP list when the regular season starts.

Also in attendance was defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who was engaging in some drills with the injured players. Patterson, of course, suffered a seizure ten days ago. The Eagles announced a day afterward that he had an arteriovenous malformation near his brain, but Patterson's agent, J.R. Rickert, said yesterday that his client could be nearing a return. 

There were also a few roster moves announced Saturday morning. The Eagles waived Brandon Collier (ankle) after agreeing with the defensive tackle on an injury settlement, and also released quarterback Jerrod Johnson and defensive tackle Charlie Noonan.

They filled those roster spots by signing veteran tackle Joe Toledo, who last played with the Seahawks, and undrafted rookie tackle Spencer Johnson (Utah State). 

Saturday also marked the return of wide receiver DeSean Jackson to practice. As an 11-day holdout, he reported to camp on Monday, but hasn't been able to fully practice with the team until now. Jackson was greeted warmly by fans when he walked out onto the practice fields.

Jackson was matched up against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie early on and got the better of the cornerback when Michael Vick hit him for a 35-yard gain. He looked as if he may have landed out of bounds, though. Rodgers-Cromartie is now the first team nickel ahead of Joselio Hanson.

-- Starting offensive linemen Jamaal Jackson (center) and Ryan Harris (right tackle) were missing from practice. Jason Kelce filled in for Jackson at center and King Dunlap, who twisted his knee in Thursday night's preseason game against the Ravens, was in at right tackle for Harris.

-- Defensive end Juqua Parker was carted off the field early with an apparent leg injury.

-- Wide receiver Sinorice Moss, who missed Thursday's game, was back at practice.

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