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Sapp Signs; Maclin has 'tight' hammy

The Eagles announced they have signed fifth-round LB/DE Ricky Sapp, from Clemson, to a four-year deal. That gives them six draftees signed, out of 13.

Also, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin worked out on the side today with what the Eagles are calling a "tight" hamstring.

Maclin was with the team's conditioning and training staffs rather than taking part in the OTAs.

The Birds already are without DeSean Jackson at the wide receiver position, who skipped his second day this week. There is no indication that he intends to return for the remaining two days.

Asante Samuel also remained absent, dealing with a personal issue in Florida.


The Eagles have signed linebacker Simoni Lawrence, a former all-state running back at Upper Darby.

Lawrence, a rookie free agent out of Minnesota, originally signed with the St. Louis Rams following the 2010 draft, but was released on May 25.

Although he said he was a Cowboys fan, Lawrence said he was thrilled to be with the Eagles.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "To stay home in Philadelphia, I'm so happy to be out here. I just love the area. So glad to be here, I can't even explain it."

He recorded 151 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions in his two-year career at Minnesota, adding two touchdowns (one interception return, one fumble return). A defensive co-captain for the Gophers, Lawrence earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2009 after ranking fourth on the team with 85 tackles and contributing two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.

Before attending Minnesota, Lawrence played two seasons at Valley Forge Military Academy, where he was twice named the Seaboard Football Conference Player of the Year and helped the Cadets win back-to-back conference titles.