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Bradley back at practice - sort of; Andrews has shoulder injury, plus afternoon practice notes

UPDATE: A bum shoulder kept guard Stacy Andrews out of the afternoon practice, Eagles coach Andy Reid said. Cornerback Macho Harris and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon also had to be carted off the field in the afternoon. Harris tweaked his hamstring and Dixon "dinged" his head, Reid said.

Bradley back at practice - sort of; Andrews has shoulder injury, plus afternoon practice notes

UPDATE: A bum shoulder kept guard Stacy Andrews out of the afternoon practice, Eagles coach Andy Reid said. Cornerback Macho Harris and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon also had to be carted off the field in the afternoon. Harris tweaked his hamstring and Dixon "dinged" his head, Reid said.

Dixon had to be held up and assisted by two as he was wheeled off the field and helped into the locker room. 

Andrews left the locker room with his shoulder wrapped and said, "it ain't nothing." 

Harris, walking with a slight limp, said simply, "getting better."

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UPDATE: Stewart Bradley was back at practice for Monday's afternoon session. The Eagles middle linebacker participated in the installation segment of practice and then went back to work out with the rest of the injured players. He missed all of yesterday and this morning with a hamstring strain.

Tight end Brent Celek, who left the morning practice early with dehydration, was back out there.

Guard Stacy Andrews was missing from practice, however. The right guard walked out of the locker room after the morning practice with his left shoulder wrapped in iced. Mike McGlynn stepped into his spot.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, cornerback Asante Samuel and running back Mike Bell are still absent.

Check back for an injury update after practice.

AFTERNOON PRACTICE OBSERVATIONS

Middle linebacker Omar Gaither, filling in for Bradley, picked off a Mike Vick pass intended for Hank Baskett. Gaither, too, is coming back from an injury, but looked good on the play.

Before he was injured, fans called out to Macho Harris and asked if he was going to have a better year. He nodded his head vigorously. "Is that a guarantee?" one asked. Harris flashed a thumbs up to the crowd.

Vick hit Riley Cooper on a 50 yard would-be touchdown in 7-on-7 drills. It was the third 50+ reception for Cooper in the past two days.

Brandon Graham gave the offensive line fits. At one point Winston Justice had to grab the rookie's face mask to hold him back. Graham also broke up an inside shuffle pass.

The entire defense, in fact, seemed to be racing past the make-shift offensive line and into Kevin Kolb's face.

Kolb and center Nick Cole were working on snaps together on the sideline after the 7-on-7 drills. They spent several minutes working on the shotgun. After every snap, Kolb held the ball where he received it, showing Cole where he was missing the target as they worked to correct an apparent problem from the drill. Cole is a natural guard trying to fill in for Jamaal Jackson.

Ellis Hobbs practiced with an intensity fit for the regular season, cursing himself after mistakes.

FROM THE MORNING SESSION

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Eagles injury list grew only slightly after Monday morning's practice.

You can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Tight end Brent Celek, however, had trouble breathing today -- it is hotter than it has been -- and had to be hooked up to an IV to get some fluids into his system. The team said it was dehydration. Celek shook off the incident after practice. Tight end Martin Rucker also left practice early with that the Eagles are calling a hamstring injury.

The Eagles seem to have an early camp case of the hammies. Linebacker Stewart Bradley, cornerback Asante Samuel, running back Mike Bell and wide receiver Jordan Norwood all have hamstring injuries. They each didn't practice today.

Also missing was wide receiver DeSean Jackson (back) and center A.Q. Shipley (ankle).

Bradley and Norwood joined the "PUP Boys" -- Todd Herremans (foot), Jamaal Jackson (knee) and Victor Abiamiri (knee) -- in their on-field workouts with the training staff. At one point they were air boxing, which could come in handy in light of Saturday's slew of fights.

DeSean Jackson, Samuel, Bell and Shipley stayed indoors for their rehab. Jackson limped out of the locker room after practice -- again without comment -- and hopped into the passenger seat of a truck and took off. Samuel was not seen.

Bell was asked if he knew of a timetable for his return. "Nuh-uh," he said. "I'll be alright." Shipley and Norwood said they were "getting there." Must be a Penn State thing. 

Guard Max Jean-Gilles was back out there after leaving Sunday's afternoon practice with dehydration.

OTHER NEWS

The Eagles made another move Monday, re-signing another player they had cut just a few days ago. Wide receiver Jared Perry is back. Defensive end Eric Moncur is gone. Don't pack your bags yet, Eric.

You can explain the return of Perry with Jackson's and Norwood's injuries. The Eagles needed a body at receiver.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS

-- Running back J.J. Arrington still doesn't have his name stitched on the back of his No. 33 jersey. He had a rough set of downs late in the morning practice when he fumbled the football and dropped a pass. Defensive tackle Trevor Laws forced the fumble.

-- Running back Martell Mallet is back, but he had to switch to a No. 29 jersey after Arrington took his No. 33.

-- During one-one-one drills between the receivers and defensive backs, the newly-acquired Kelley Washington shined. He was mostly going up the reserves, however.

-- During the "live" hitting portion of practice, quarterback Kevin Kolb ran an option play that had him pitching to fullback Leonard Weaver, who ran over cornerback Macho Harris. Weaver got more action in the backfield than he had in the previous two practices.

-- Kolb's best throw of the morning came when he hit Celek over the middle on a long seam route with a pass just over the out-stretched hands of linebacker Omar Gaither. Andy Reid gave Kolb a pat on the helmet afterward.

-- Moise Fokou did some work the defensive ends during line one-on-ones. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said this wasn't anything new. He was just getting the linebacker some pass rushing work. Fokou lost his starting spot at strong-side linebacker to Akeem Jordan a day earlier.

--  Quarterback Michael Vick jumped in with the first team for one rep. He would have been sacked by Trent Cole, who had a nice practice.

-- Tackle Winston Justice was whistled for two straight false starts when he was lined up opposite rookie defensive end Brandon Graham. Reid pulled him out and inserted King Dunlap in his place for one play.

 

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