Andy Reid could coach Eagles on Thursday

August, 7, 2012
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The funeral for Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was held Tuesday and attended by NFL dignitaries from all over the country. Speaking to reporters at the funeral, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called it "a combination of tremendous grief and tremendous love." Lurie also said he thought that Reid, who's been away from the team since the news of his son's death broke Sunday morning, would be on the sideline coaching the Eagles on Thursday night in their preseason opener. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer:
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Lurie, who teared up speaking of the team's love for its coach, said that as far as the Eagles are concerned, Andy Reid can stay away from football as long as he wants, "but that's not what he wants, he wants to get right back in there." Lurie said "all indications are" that Reid will be on the sideline Thursday night when the Eagles open their preseason at home against the Steelers.

I can't say whether it'd be a surprise to see Reid back coaching so soon after suffering the most devastating loss imaginable. I have no idea what the man must be feeling, and as I've said a few times here in the past couple of days, I hope like hell I never do. All we can do is guess, and I guess it would be tempting to get back to work and have something on which to focus your mind and your energy. On the flip side, I don't think anybody would blame Reid if he decided he could never go to work again. Situations like this require people to make their own, intensely personal decisions about what to do and how to conduct themselves, and if Reid thinks it's the right thing to do to return to coaching as early as Thursday, I'm sure he'll be met with nothing but love and support from his players, his bosses and the fans in attendance at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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