After the Eagles finished their final practice of rookie camp Monday, head coach Andy Reid addressed the media. Here are some news and notes:
Defensive tackle Mike Patterson (brain surgery) isn't expected to practice again until training camp.
"He's actually doing very well right now," Reid said. "He can't put a helmet on."
In January, Patterson underwent a six-hour procedure to repair a brain AVM, which was discovered last year after he suffered a seizure in training camp.
Linebacker Jamar Chaney (neck) will not participate in any minicamps or organized team activities but is expected to be ready for training camp.
The Eagles will monitor tight end Brent Celek (sports hernia).
"We'll limit his reps a little bit in minicamp and see how he's doing as we hit the OTAs," Reid said. "Should be fine for training camp."
Linebacker Moise Fokou (ankle) and center Jason Kelce (foot) should be fine for OTAs.
Safety Colt Anderson (ACL) will not practice in minicamp or OTAs and may be ready for training camp.
"We'll just see how it goes for training camp," Reid said, who added that tackle Jason Peters (Achilles) is out indefinitely "until we make a decision."
Reid said rookie running back Chris Polk (hamstring strain) "should be OK." Defensive end Maurice Fountain suffered a torn patellar tendon at practice Sunday.
"He actually was doing a heck of a job," Reid said.
The 29-year-old Fountain spent part of last season on the Eagles' practice squad. The undrafted journeyman out of Clemson has spent time with the Manchester Wolves of Arena football (AF2) and Hartford Colonials of the UFL. He's also had brief stints with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks but never played in a regular season game.
Ill tell you, hes one of my favorite guys,at. You dont like seeing that happen, but hes a young kid and hell bust his tail to get back, Reid said. He just does everything that hes asked to. ... It was a freak thing. He hasnt played in the NFL so he doesnt have a lot of years on him, and its been arena league. I tell him that hes a young 29 in the football world, so he can rehab that thing and he can play. He can play at the next level and he was on course to do that. You dont like seeing that happen, but hes a young kid and hell bust his tail to get back.
Reid said Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman will begin OTAs as the starting safeties.
So far so good for second-round pick Mychal Kendricks, who appears on track to open OTAs as the first-team strong-side linebacker, especially considering Chaney's injury.
"I would tell you that he looked good out here," Reid said. "He made a lot of plays and got his hands on the ball. We've just got to see where he gets the most reps -- and normally that's with the ones. I've got to go through all that with the coaches and figure it out."
Reid has also liked what he's seen from fourth-round pick Brandon Boykin, who will compete at nickel corner.
He made progress, Reid said. He had a little bit of an ankle bothering him before camp here. We kind of took it easy to see where he was and he felt pretty good. His foot held up well. With that inside slot position, you have to make sure that you maintain leverage and I thought he improved on that. It was something that I thought he needed to work on when he drafted him, and I felt he did better.
Stanley Havili will begin OTAs as the first-team fullback. The Eagles selected Havili in the seventh-round of last year's draft. The Eagles did not re-sign veteran Owen Schmitt.
Play of the day
Defensive back Cliff Harris, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, picked off a pass bobbled by Ron Johnson in the end zone and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown (the Eagles' indoor field is 60 yards).
"He was smart. He waited to jump," Reid said. "He trusted the guy gets the grab, and then you go back up through the ball, pops it out, went right into his hands. Pretty nice play. He's actually had a nice camp."
The first full-team practices of OTAs will be held May 22-24. The second session is May 30-June 1 and the third June 4-7. Full-team minicamp is June 12-14. Rookies and selected veterans report to Lehigh for training camp July 22.
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