Eagles: Several players sidelined for first full-contact practice

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: Alshon Jeffery
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: Alshon Jeffery /

The Eagles were missing a few key players for the first day of full contact practice.

The Philadelphia Eagles started off their second week of training camp with a day off on Monday. They picked things up on Tuesday morning with plans to have the first full-contact practice of the off-season. It was great to see how everyone played against each other at half speed, but now, as they say, it’s time to separate the boys from the men.

For the most part, the team looks pretty healthy. Aside from Randall Goforth and Sidney Jones, there are no major injuries on the Eagles roster. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews was expected to be limited at the start of camp, but it sounds like he is back to one-hundred percent.

Who is sitting out?

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It’s exciting to have full-contact football back in Philly. Unfortunately, a few big names will be missing the first day of week two’s activities. Wide receivers, Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery were sidelined on Tuesday. Jeffery apparently suffered a shoulder injury in last Saturday’s practice, which he played through on Sunday. Smith was held out for the first time this summer due to back spasms.

Veteran running back, LeGarrette Blount was also absent from practice due to personal off-field issues. Last but not least, Rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey was also held out due to an ankle injury that he suffered on Sunday.

The good news is that none of these injuries seem to be too serious. The bad news is that we have to wait another day to see our new guys get involved in a full contact practice. For veterans like Jeffery, Smith, and Blount we already know what they are capable of on the game day. Their reason for being held out is probably just to avoid any serious injury. Expect these guys to be full participants at the next practice.