Monday, February 8, 2016

Cary Williams skips final OTA to attend daughter's recital

Cary Williams has opted once again to not attend an optional organized team activity.

Cary Williams skips final OTA to attend daughter's recital


Cary Williams has opted once again to not attend an optional organized team activity.

The new Eagles cornerback, who many expected to start from Day 1, skipped the final day of OTAs on Friday to attend his daughter's recital, the team said.

Williams has missed most of OTAs and the Eagles' offseason workout program for various reasons. He told reporters earlier this week that dental work and home building kept him away from workouts in April. He then missed the first several OTAs because he got married.

While OTAs are voluntary, Chip Kelly has mostly had full attendance as the new coach installs news systems on offense and defense. Tackle Jason Peters has missed the last two weeks as he tends to a personal matter. Safety Kenny Phillips also wasn't at today's practice. His wife is expecting their first child.

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The team didn't point it out as they did other absences, but running back LeSean McCoy was also not at Friday's OTA. The Eagles did not have an explanation. [UPDATED AT 2:34: The Eagles said McCoy was at the facility, lifted weights, worked out, and attended meetings. He was not at practice because he had personal business in the afternoon. He will return on Monday for physicals and practice on Tuesday.]

Phillips has missed a few practices recently to rest his left knee. The former New York Giant has a long history of knee injuries. It was unclear if Phillips would have had the green light to practice on Friday.

Williams, signed as a free agent in March after winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens, did not run with the first team during Tuesday's open practice. Bradley Fletcher and Curtis Marsh were at cornerback with the ones. Williams intimated that his place on the depth chart was in response to his attendance record, but the confident corner said that the "cream will rise to the top."

Also sitting out practice was wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who the Eagles said had an ankle injury. Jackson was out on the field for the start of practice, however.

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