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Eagles Back In Stride After Water Main Break

Toward the end of head coach Andy Reid's press conference Saturday afternoon, a dump truck roared as it spilled its contents roughly 50 yards from the media tent set up at Lehigh University.

At least one reporter in the tent was visibly startled.

"You all right?" Reid chuckled.

A water main break early Saturday morning near the practice fields necessitated the truck's presence, as crews worked feverishly to repair the pipe. The leak prevented players from getting water, using toilets or taking showers in the A. Haigh Cundey Varsity House facility, which in turn forced Reid to cancel Saturday morning's practice.

But quick fixes allowed the Eagles to continue with the afternoon 10-10-10 session as planned. Reid said his players lucked out – everyone got the morning off.

"(The coaches) met as a staff, and then the offense and defense, they broke up as a staff and they met. We let the players have the morning off," Reid said. "We didn't try and cram something in there when we weren't prepared and they weren't prepared. I thought it was good that they could all feel like they were 30-plus today."

Thanks to the break, Reid's "30-Plus Club," a morning off for all players 30 and older, will not take place Sunday as scheduled, and will likely be pushed back to Tuesday.

And, despite Reid's stringently scheduled practices, he doesn't feel the day off will affect his squad at all.

"No, not at all. We're fine. We were actually a little bit ahead on our installation," Reid said. "We've been loading the guys up and cramming it in there, so this allowed the guys to be able to back up and go back and review, and I think that's a plus for them."

As a positive, the morning off gave some injured players extra time to heal without missing practice, and even got some players who would have practiced some additional rest.

Among those returning for the afternoon session were free safety Brian Dawkins, who was hobbled with a hyperextended knee, and tight end L.J. Smith, who suffered a calf injury last week.

On the flip side, running back Brian Westbrook not only was held out of practice, but has been held back from most contact with other human beings.

"He has flu symptoms, and he's not feeling very well. We've tried to quarantine him a little bit up there where he's not around the other players," Reid said. "He's got strep throat along with it, and he's not feeling very good. Both are highly contagious things, so we've put him in a separate room and just kind of kept him away from everything."


Safety Sean Considine (oblique strain), tackle Franklin Dunbar (back strain) and defensive tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen (knee inflammation) all missed practice. They are day-to-day. Tight end Matt Schobel (personal reasons) will return to Lehigh later tonight. Cornerback Asante Samuel is progressing well, Reid said. "I want to get him back in, but I want to make sure he's healthy at the same time. I'm anxious to get him back in there and going. Could it be the next couple of days? Possibly," Reid said.

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