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Lurie: empathy for Peters, absence personal

Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie seemed very happy with the way the team is adjusting to the regime change this offseason, as Lurie wielded a paintbrush Wednesday during the Eagles' Youth Partnership's 17th playground build, at William D. Kelley School on North 28th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

Lurie: empathy for Peters, absence personal

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Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie seemed very happy with the way the team is adjusting to the regime change this offseason, as Lurie wielded a paintbrush Wednesday during the Eagles' Youth Partnership's 17th playground build, at William D. Kelley School on North 28th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

Lurie said he was not concerned that All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters has not attended OTA work last week or so far this week.

"Jason's great. Jason's really in great shape. He's got his own personal reasons that he can't be here, and I actually empathize with him," Lurie said.

That would seem to indicate Peters isn't just blowing off the voluntary work because he can, or because he's angry about the contract adjustment he endured last year when he missed the season after two Achilles' surgeries.

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn't shed any light on Peters' absence when Kelly met with reporters Tuesday. Kelly said he knows where Peters is and what he is doing, and he expects him to return to the practice field soon. Kelly said the matter was not injury-related.

Lurie and Kelly were among 198 Eagles staffers, not including the players, who arrived to help finish up in the afternoon, involved in the playground build, which covered a larger area than many previous efforts. Youth Partnership Executive Director Sarah Helfman-Martinez said that for the first time, the Eagles were installing two turf play areas, instead of one.

Kelly is new to playground-building and mural painting, but Lurie has attended every one of these spring efforts. Has his painting improved?

"Very good question," Lurie said. 'I would have to say no. I'm still sloppy. I try to be delicate ... you'd think after all these years, I'd be perfect at it. Far from it."

Kelly did not seem to be painting much faster than the average coach. He said when it comes to murals, he is not an outside-the-lines thinker.

"A lot of fun," Kelly said. "It's a great thing to do. It's fun being out in the community," something Kelly said usually only happens when he is driving from his Center City residence to NovaCare.

Lurie said he was glad there was music for Kelly to paint by.

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