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Head Coach Andy Reid

Injury Report: "(DT) Trevor Laws and (DE) Bryan Smith are still out. We'll just see how they do. They are improving, but obviously not fast enough to be out for these practices here. So we'll just see how they do here. (CB) Asante Samuel strained his hamstring, it's the opposite hamstring from the one he did before. We'll just see how he does here, I don't know anything for good. (T) Tra Thomas and (FB) Luke Lawton had cramps, they should be fine."

On the Philadelphia Soul: "I'd just like to give the Soul a plug and wish them good luck for tomorrow. What a great job coach (Head Coach Bret Munsey) has done and Jaws (Ron Jaworski, former Eagles QB and part owner/General Manager of the Soul) and (Jon) Bon Jovi, they've just done a great job of putting together a real fine organization, and they have a chance tomorrow to be the champs."

Opening Remarks: "I was happy with the way practice went today. I thought the guys came out and played very aggressive. I liked the way the defense played. They stepped up and did a nice job and particularly the first group. We had a running drill there at the end that was live with a couple of play action passes thrown in. But for the most part we ran the football and I was happy with what I saw there from the one offense and the one defense. All in all a good day, and the guys will come out here this afternoon and get busy on the same things we were doing this morning."

On which hamstring Samuel strained: "It's the right one now. Yeah, I believe so."

On whether or not Samuel has a history of offseason injuries: "No. He really hasn't had hamstrings (injuries) before. It's not like that's his thing. It'll take these guys…you noticed a couple of the names of guys I've mentioned were guys that haven't been here before and been through this. We come right out of the shoots and get going."

On his level of concern for Samuel's injury: "I can't tell you that right now. I don't know how bad it is, we just have to see."

On hamstring injuries in general: "They're all different. We'll just see how he does. (Head Athletic Trainer) Rick (Burkholder) will take a look at him and our doctors will take a look at him, and then I'll have a better idea this afternoon about it."

On the depth of the offensive line and how important training camp is for the young players on that line: "It's very important, and then guys like (G) Max (Jean-Gilles) who have been here for a couple years, it gives him a chance to get in there with the one's and play and compete. But for the young guys, it's good to see them hit. I'll go back and I'll look at the film, every play of every practice they are graded on, so it's a challenge for them."

On Max's progression from his rookie year to this year: "He's done a nice job with that, and this will be a big challenge for him stepping in there and working with the ones. It's good for him, it's good work for him."

On the decision to acquire G Cameron Stephenson: "(General Manager) Tom (Heckert) evaluated him and liked him and we wanted to try and bring a young guy in as opposed to a veteran player. He kind of fits that mold right there."

On G/T Shawn Andrews: "I'm going to coach the guys that are here, that's what I'm going to do. And then when I have something to share with you guys about Shawn, I will. But I don't have anything for you right now."

On the atmosphere of training camp now that the pads are on: "It looked like they were excited and ready to go. I liked the tempo. Was everything right? No, everything wasn't right. The assignments were right. It's just the techniques that we need to knock some of the rust off, and that's why we're doing this. But the effort sure was there."

On whether he feels like camp is finally starting today: "Yeah, you do. This is what the game is about here, and then you'll take that next step into the preseason games and then that final step into the regular season."

On whether it's frustrating to have Samuel out: "We want him to practice, but if he can't practice we want him to get healthy enough to where we can get him back out there. Then we just go from there."

On CB Lito Sheppard's comment to the media about wanting to be a starter: "I would hope that he would want to start. Lito is a very competitive guy and a very talented guy. I would be very disappointed if he didn't want to be the guy. They are all going to obviously play a lot and then we'll see how it goes from there, but I would expect that from him.

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