Eagles' Clemons taken to hospital
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Eagles defensive end Chris Clemons left Tuesday morning's practice with dehydration symptoms and has been taken to the hospital. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Clemons, the former Raider who signed Philadelphia in free agency, was loaded into an ambulance at 11:10 a.m. ET. Bowen reports that Clemons appeared to be conscious and was hooked up to an IV when he left the club's practice facility at Lehigh University.
It was a sunny day, but temperatures were in the low 80s when Clemons left practice. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb thought Clemons' dehydration may have had something to do with making the transition to a new team.
"We're kind of adjusted to it," McNabb said at his news conference, minutes after Clemons was taken to the hospital. "This is his first go-round."
When you hear about a possible heat-related illness in the NFL, you can't help but think about Korey Stringer, the former Vikings offensive tackle who died during training camp in Mankato, Minn., in Aug. 2001. Since then, teams have gone to great lengths to make sure players are hydrated before they ever take the field.
Former Cowboys special teams ace Bill Bates has a company that basically provides air conditioning to shoulder pads. And most teams try to have practices early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. It wasn't uncommon to see teams have back-to-back two-a-days several years ago, but now you don't see it much.
We'll keep you updated on Clemons throughout the afternoon.