3 Philadelphia Eagles veterans sit out of first practice, 2 others were ‘limited’

Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Fletcher Cox #91, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The first Philadelphia Eagles training camp practice is in the books. There were many highlights… both on and off of the field. Head coach Nick Sirianni showed up wearing a t-shirt bearing the likeness of his QB1, Jalen Hurts. Some liked that. Some didn’t.

A.J. Brown, who expressed post-practice that “showing love” and “giving back” were among his core values while being here, loved it. “That was lit” were his exact words.

Number 11 also bought some fans jerseys while hanging out in the team store, so there’s that.

It wasn’t an open practice. The fans showed up anyway. Did you think they wouldn’t?

Jalen Hurts was more accurate in the red zone (that’s a great sign). Brandon Graham says he’s fully healed with “no limitations” following last season’s Achilles tear. For the most part, everyone’s healthy.

The goal for Week 1 versus the Detroit Lions is to get there with the team being intact. Getting through the first practice injury-free was a nice step in that direction.

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Three Philadelphia Eagles veterans sit out of the first training camp practice. Two others are given a ‘limited’ status.

When the safeties stepped, we saw K’Von Wallace and Marcus Epps take the first-team reps. Much of the reason for that was Anthony Harris, someone who’s expected to compete for a starting role, was given a ‘limited’ status. He’s in COVID progression as he continues to improve following an unfortunate contraction of coronavirus.

Fletcher Cox joined him in that classification but gave us all reason to smile as he stated he’s feeling better during a post-practice sit-down with members of the media. Three other veterans sat out.

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Center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Keric Wheatfall, like Cox and Harris, are improving after bouts of their own with COVID. Another of Philadelphia’s newly-added wide receivers, Zach Pascal, missed practice due to an undisclosed illness. The Birds won’t practice tomorrow. They’ll return to the field on July 29th for the first of consecutive practice sessions on Friday and Saturday.