Thursday, July 20, 2006

Eagles Rookie Not In Full Bloom

BETHLEHEM, PA -- The Eagles view Jeremy Bloom as a potential game-breaking punt returner, which is why they drafted the Olympic skier in the fifth round even though he didn't play football the previous two seasons.
Bloom has game-breaking potential, but one has to wonder if he will be healthy this season. On the first day the rookies and selected free agents reported to camp, Bloom was one of three players coach Andy Reid said would be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The others are rookie receiver Jason Avant, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on June 20th and Correll Buckhalter, who has missed the last two seasons with a knee injury and is still rounding into form.
Bloom suffered a pulled quadriceps prior to the NFL draft in April. As he was getting healthy, he injured his hamstring during the Eagles minicamp.
Then Reid announced as the rookies and selected veterans reported to training camp, that Bloom tweaked his hamstring again while working out with Donovan McNabb in Arizona.
A hamstring injury can linger and that's not good news for somebody like Bloom who depends on his wheels.
Maybe there is no cause for alarm and it says here that if Bloom is healthy, he will be a dangerous return man. Getting to that healthy point will be something that will be closely monitored as training camp begins.

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