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News And Notes: Back To Business

UPCOMING SCHEDULE ...- Friday's practice times: 3:30pm only (closed to fans)
- Friday's media availability following the morning practice: Andy Reid

BIRDSEED ...79 players showed up on time for the 7 pm team meeting. G Shawn Andrews was the only player not to report to camp.

GETTING BACK…LB Omar Gaither was one of the first veterans to arrive at camp Thursday afternoon and said about being back, "I'm excited to get the ball rolling this year. We got a lot of people coming back and it feels good to get up here to training camp and get it over with." When asked about the best part of training camp, Gaither said, "This is the best part. Getting back and seeing everybody. Meeting back with everybody after the break."

30 SOMETHING…Head coach Andy Reid has installed a new policy for this year's training camp, allowing players over the age of 30 to rest every third day of practice. OT Tra Thomas arrived Thursday afternoon with this reaction to Reid's idea: "I like it. I like it a lot…I think it'll have a big impact on us. Being at training camp is tough. It's a lot of full contact. That day of rest will be good ... Three years ago, I wish he would have done that." Thomas turned 33 last November.

A-TEAM VANS A THING OF THE PAST? ...Teammates and reporters were all a little surprised to see G/T Todd Herremans arrive in a black van that closely resembled the 1983 GMC G-Series (G-15) van from the famous American action adventure television show, The A-Team. "I just got it yesterday. It's something I've wanted to put together for a while," Herremans said. But don't be fooled by the outward appearance of this seemingly ordinary van. His new set of wheels features a HDTV, play station, lifted suspension, automatic car starter, a supped-up stereo system and much more.

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