Sunday, July 29, 2012
On Eagles injury issues
By Dan Graziano
Saturday was a bad-news day out at Philadelphia Eagles camp, as wide receiver Riley Cooper broke his collarbone and defensive end Jason Babin suffered a calf strain. Zach Berman's Twitter page has the updates this morning from coach Andy Reid, who told reporters out at Lehigh that he figured Cooper is out six weeks and Babin likely one week pending the results of an MRI he hasn't had yet.
Not great, obviously, but there are silver linings to everything. Start with Babin. It's not as though he needs extra reps or to learn the defense. He had 18 sacks in it last year and 12.5 playing for defensive line coach Jim Washburn in Tennessee the year before. As long as the injury isn't serious enough to threaten regular-season games, Babin should be able to get up to speed without any trouble, and in the meantime guys like Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry can get the extra reps they need at the position.
Same deal at wide receiver, where Cooper's absence opens the door for players like Marvin McNutt and Damaris Johnson to get some of his reps. Cooper's status for Week 1 is in question, as he'll need to have surgery Monday to fix the collarbone, and McNutt is the one receiver on the roster who's nearly as big as Cooper. The Eagles don't have much size in their wide receiver corps, so they'd like to see if McNutt can offer something. If the rookies don't look good enough, there will still be time for the Eagles to look over the remaining free agents at wide receiver (guys like Plaxico Burress, Braylon Edwards, etc.), but Reid is saying they have no plans to do that now, and there's no rush.