Two More Birds Carted Off Today
By Lance Epstein
Yesterday a giant sigh of relief was released when star wide receiver DeSean Jackson appeared to be OK after being carted off the field. The Eagles and their fans felt like they had dodged the proverbial bullet.
However today brings more worry and concern to the Eagles and their fans. At practice, the Eagles saw two more players carted off the field with similar injuries. First starting cornerback Asante Samuel was carted off the field and then later in the practice running back Mike Bell jumped on board the cart as well.
Coincidentally, both Samuel and Bell suffered hamstring strains, which are not considered to be serious. Bell's injury occurred in a similar fashion to Jackson's incident. He was participating in 7-on-7 drills and caught a pass out of the backfield from quarterback Kevin Kolb. Once he tried to turn up field and burn rookie linebacker Keenan Clayton with his speed, he pulled up, yelled out, immediately went down to the ground on the sidelines and grabbed his thigh.
After letting out a couple of expletives and having the Eagles trainers check him out, Bell was carted away to the indoor facility. The good news is that Bell was seen walking out of the Eagles’ locker room with his leg thickly wrapped to loosen up his hamstring. Additionally, Bell said he was "alright" so the Eagles may have dodged another bullet.
Although the injury opens the door for recently acquired J.J. Arrington (passed his physical yesterday) and sixth-round draft pick Charles Scott to make a lasting impression on Reid with their increase in reps. While Bell is expected to be the No. 2 back behind starter LeSean McCoy, this injury could linger and gives a chance for the other backs on the roster to move up the depth chart.
As for Samuel, he is not a doctor, but is optimistic about being in practice tomorrow.
"I'm not a mad scientist," Samuel said. "I might be out there tomorrow."
All in all, it has been two full days of practice and already three Eagles players (two of whom are key cogs for the Eagles success this year) have been taken off the field by the now famous “cart.” Hopefully, the cart can get some rest tomorrow since it has been working equally as hard as the Eagles players have this first week of training camp.
Other injury news:
*Guard Max Jean-Gilles who is coming off of lap band surgery left practice this afternoon because of dehydration.
*Backup center/guard A.Q. Shipley suffered an ankle sprain. This is not good for considering he was expected to compete for the starting center job. This injury might cost him a shot at making the roster.
* WR DeSean Jackson and MLB Stewart Bradley are day-to-day with their injuries. Jackson has a back strain while Bradley has hamstring spasms. Of course the Eagles have the weapons on offense to survive without Jackson for some period of time, but Bradley's loss would be huge especially if these spasms continue to nag him into the season. The Eagles showed last year, no one on the roster could replace his production and leadership skills. Still defensive coordinator Sean McDermott hopes Bradley is back soon.