Herremans, power rankings and Vick

Eagles coach Andy Reid opened camp on Monday. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid opened camp at Lehigh Monday afternoon, and while he was peppered with several questions about Michael Vick, the comment that caught my attention was about left guard Todd Herremans.

Herremans will join center Jamaal Jackson and defensive lineman Victor Abiamiri on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp, meaning he won't practice right away.

Reid explained to reporters that the move is purely cautionary and that Herremans is fine.

"I want to see how he’s doing before we take him off the PUP," Reid said. "We’ll gradually bring him back. I don’t want him to jump in and hurt himself again, so I want to take it nice and slow here. We’ve got a little bit of time.

"Right now, it’s really not bothering him. I want to see it. He’s had time off here and he’s been working with [head athletic trainer] Rick [Burkholder], but I want to see myself, and I want to take it nice and easy here and make sure we go by doing this the right way."

While that's probably the case, I still think it's reasonable to take a wait-and-see approach. I had a level of concern about Herremans coming into camp, and that remains.

Look at the timeline of events.

Last August, Herremans had surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot and missed the first five games of the season. He returned to the field in Week 7 against the Redskins and played key roles - both at left guard and as Jason Peters' backup at left tackle - the rest of the season.

Then in June, he missed practice with a sore foot. At first, there was no explanation. A couple days later, he was visiting a foot specialist in Charlotte.

Since then, both he and the team have said Herremans is fine, although he has not returned to the practice field.

I'm not in panic mode, but Herremans is a key part of the offensive line. Once he returns to the field (maybe even this week) and is practicing fully, I'll be ready to say everything is fine and there's nothing to worry about. Until then, it's something to at least keep an eye on.


ESPN.com is out with its power rankings, and they've got the Eagles at No. 17:

Even though the Eagles have tons of talent, their schedule pulls them down.

Not the fact that they have a new quarterback? Or a defense that was terrible down the stretch last season? I know the schedule's tough, but they baffled me a little with that one. We really have no clue whether the teams they play are going to be any good or not at this point.

Anyway, they've got the Cowboys fourth, the Giants 16th and the Redskins 20th.


I look forward to camp because it signals the start of football season, we get to see the players practice in pads, and it's a chance to start forming guesses about what's going to happen in September.

Vick is ruining that. Too many questions and answers about shootings and discipline and so on. By my count, seven of the first eight questions to Reid were about Vick. The reporters have to ask the questions. And the players and coaches have to answer them. But if there's anyone besides Vick who's looking forward to this being put in the rearview mirror, it's me.

On the bright side, the first practice is Tuesday morning. So I'll be done complaining soon enough.

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