Monday, September 22, 2014
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Young sits out practice, DeVan participates

Vince Young did not practice Monday as the Eagles began preparing for their first regular season game. He did not speak to reporters afterward. The team has labeled Young "day-to-day" after straining his hamstring Thursday against the Jets.

Young sits out practice, DeVan participates

Vince Young did not practice Monday as the Eagles began preparing for their first regular season game. He did not speak to reporters afterward. The team has labeled Young "day-to-day" after straining his hamstring Thursday against the Jets.

New guard Kyle DeVan was in practice, though, working with the scout team. He wouldn't predict how quickly he will be ready to play, saying he needs to get a closer look at the playbook. DeVan, a former Colt, only arrived in Philadelphia Sunday night after the team picked him up off of waivers.

"I'm not worried about that right now. I'm not worried about taking reps with the ones, the twos or the threes, it's all about learning the offensive plays, the system, the way they do things around here. The quicker I can do that the quicker I can worry about playing time," DeVan said.

First up was simply learning the cadence used by Michael Vick, which is clearly different from Peyton Manning's. DeVan blocked for Manning in Indianapolis.

The first team offensive line was unchanged: Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins and Todd Herremans (from left to right).

The Eagles gave DeVan a locker next to Trevor Laws, an old wrestling rival. DeVan and Laws were each nationally-ranked wrestlers in high school and competed once. Laws won, but DeVan contends Laws got some favorable hometown refereeing. The match was held in Rochester, Minn., near Laws' home.

"Three-two victory, Trevor Laws, everyone saw it," Laws said with a laugh. DeVan, though, still disputes the result. Each laughed while telling reporters their competing versions of how the match went down.

Other notes:

-- The Eagles are not planning to add a veteran middle linebacker this week, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

-- Winston Justice and Juqua Parker returned to practice though, but neither spoke to the media to discuss exactly how much they did. Practice was closed to the press.

-- Nate Allen and Jarrad Page were splitting first team snaps at safety. Allen is still trying to work himself back into playing form as he recovers from a torn patella tendon.

-- The Eagles added two more players to the practice squad: tight end Anthony Hill and wide receiver Ronald Johnson.

-- Former Eagles tackle Austin Howard was added to the Ravens practice squad.

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