Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Eagles place Olympian Bloom on IR
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles placed fifth-round
draft pick and former Olympian Jeremy Bloom on injured reserve
Tuesday after he missed most of training camp with an injured
Bloom was a burgeoning star at Colorado before his football
career was put on hold by an NCAA ruling. In the fall of 2004, the
NCAA said Bloom wasn't eligible for the football team because he
accepted endorsements to keep his successful freestyle skiing
career on track.
The 5-foot-9, 172-pound Bloom was picked to try and help the
Eagles' special teams and wide receiver corps. The 147th overall
selection, Bloom had 24 receptions for an average of 19.1 yards per
catch in two seasons at Colorado. He returned 47 punts at 13.5
yards per return and 25 kickoffs at 25.1 yards per return. He had
five touchdowns of 75 yards or more.
With the Eagles, Bloom returned two kickoffs for 45 yards in the
Bloom finished in sixth place on the moguls at the Torino
Olympics and then went to the NFL scouting combine, where he ran a
4.4-second 40-yard dash. Bloom finished ninth at the Olympics.