More Practice For Eagles Could Mean More Injuries
It's a fine line NFL head coaches have to tread, getting their teams ready for the rigors of the regular season, but also keeping the players healthy.
One way to prepare for the season is to have extra hitting, which the Eagles did during their first four days of training camp.
Yet the injury list seems to grow each day and one has to think the two are related. Some injuries can occur when a player isn't hit. For instance wide receiver Reggie Brown walked slowly off the field on Saturday what was later described as a hamstring injury.
The team wasn't hitting when Brown suffered the injury.
Whether a player suffers an injury during a live contact period or a non-contact period, it still has a devastating affect on the team.
This camp the Eagles have spent longer time on the practice field, but one has to worry about players pulling up with injuries for being on the field so long.
It's something that coach Andy Reid and his staff will monitor and it's a difficult situation. The shorter practices, it seems, would benefit the team.
The players spent a lot of time in the classroom, but they don't suffer injuries while studying film and a playbook.
To a man, the Eagles realize they are practicing longer this year because of their 6-10 record in 2005. Sometimes the long practices become counterproductive as injuries pile up.