BETHLEHEM, Pa. – DeSean Jackson and Stewart Bradley, two of the Eagles’ most important players, sat out practice Sunday, and more Birds might join them on the training-camp sideline Monday.
That’s because running back Mike Bell, cornerback Asante Samuel, guard Max Jean-Gilles, and center A.Q. Shipley each left practice early with a range of injuries.
It was only the third day of full-team practices at Lehigh University. Six weeks remain before the Sept. 12 season opener.
Bell’s injury, at first glance, appeared to be the most serious: The hard-running No. 2 halfback pulled up while running in the open field and crumpled to the ground, grasping his left hamstring.
After a strong morning practice, Bell cursed when trainers had to cart him off the field.
Wide receiver Jackson was out with a back strain suffered in Saturday’s practice, according to the team. Bradley sat with a hamstring spasm in his right leg, the same side on which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year.