Todd Herremans (sore left foot), Stewart Bradley (tweaked calf), LeSean McCoy (tweaked ankle) and Fenuki Tupou (chest) all did not practice for the second straight day on Friday as the Eagles wrapped up the first week of the full-team Organized Team Activities.
Head coach Andy Reid again addressed the situation with Herremans foot, emphasizing the positive news Herremans received from Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC.
"He checked it out, no problems, he's fine to practice," Reid said of the offensive lineman. "He's got a little pain in the arch (of the foot) and we've got to get that settled down. His pain before was on top of his foot, this was on the bottom and it's more muscular than anything else. We'll see how he does here, there's a chance he misses next week but he'll be back and ready to go for training camp even if he doesn't."
Reid added that the rest of the players may practice next week.
As for what happened on the practice field Friday ...
Rookie cornerback Trevard Lindley closed out a stellar week of practice with an athletic interception deep down the left sideline during a two-minute drill. Lindley was covering Dobson Collins on a go route and was able to cut Collins off and make a play on the Michael Vick pass in the air. Bloghead will have more on Lindley later tonight.
A lot of action from the 1-on-1 drills in the red zone: Jamar Chaney stood out with his pass defense, displaying blanket coverage three straight times ... Fullback Dwayne Wright has been very impressive coming out of the backfield, shedding presses at the line of scrimmage with ease and catching the base fluidly ... Jordan Norwood shook Geoffrey Pope by faking a post and cutting inside for an easy touchdown ... Dimitri Patterson was the only corner able to keep DeSean Jackson from the end zone when he broke up a Kevin Kolb pass over the middle ... Hank Baskett rose above a defender to haul in a fade pass in the corner of the end zone.
The Asante Samuel quote of the day came from the aforementioned red zone 1-on-1 drill after linebacker Ernie Sims covered a running back coming out of the backfield nicely and forced an incompletion: "Ooh that boy covers like a DB," Samuel said of Sims, "That's a DB slash linebacker right there."
The offense spent some time working on the wildcat during running back drills and the offensive install session. With McCoy absent, Mike Bell ran with the first team at running back while rookie Charles Scott took the majority of second-team reps, though Eldra Buckley was also in the mix.
During the full 11-on-11 drills, cornerback David Pender made a nice interception down field when Mike Kafka was flushed left of the pocket and tried to find Kevin Jurovich about 30 yards down field. The ball held in the air just long enough for Pender to break in front and snag the ball.
Quintin Demps helped forced an interception by breaking early on a short pass over the middle and batting it into the soft hands of Nate Allen.
With Bradley out and Omar Gaither not yet participating in team drills, Akeem Jordan spent some time working in the middle, as did Joe Mays and Jamar Chaney. In nickel, Juqua Parker and Brandon Graham split time at left defensive end opposite Trent Cole on the right, while Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Darryl Tapp worked as inside pass rushers.
Following the Marlin Jackson injury, it's interesting to see that Ryan Hamilton is working as a second-team safety opposite Quintin Demps despite being with the team for less than a week.
- There was a lot of technique talk on the defensive sideline. Ellis Hobbs and Quintin Mikell discussed jamming and breaking techniques while Macho Harris and Samuel also spent some time going over fundamentals.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:18 p.m., June 4