Health Prognosis Looks Good For Eagles
The Eagles appear to be heading into training camp in relatively good shape health-wise. The team will meet again on June 5 for the beginning of a two-week voluntary camp that isn't very voluntary, especially if players are looking for playing time.
Coach Andy Reid said three of the four players who didn't participate in the minicamp, have a chance to be ready for the voluntary camp.
The three are cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard and wide receiver Todd Pinkston. Brown is recovering from shoulder surgery and Sheppard, who suffered a serious high ankle sprain that cost him the final six games, is recovering from ankle surgery.
Pinkston missed last year when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during training camp.
The fourth injured player is more of a question, running back Correll Buckhalter, who has missed three of the last four seasons, including last year following knee surgery.
Still, Reid said Buckhalter is progressing well and that he would most likely be ready for training camp.
It's crucial that Sheppard and Brown return to form and if so, they could be among the better cornerback tandems in the NFC.
Pinkston, if fully recovered, gives the Eagles some much needed speed at a receiver position that is not considered a team strength at this point.
Buckhalter has ability, but any production the Eagles receive from him should be considered a bonus because of his injury history.
Teams that are successful in the NFL are the ones that limit injuries to a workable few. That wasn't the case last year for the Eagles, who placed 13 players on injured reserve and had four others on either the physically unable to perform or the NFL reserve lists.
So having a healthy team at least going into camp, is a must for an Eagles team that is hoping that it was snakebitten by injuries last year and won't have a repeat performance.