Herremans to sit out rest of OTAs
The Eagles received positive news after Todd Herremans returned from seeing a foot specialist in Charlotte Thursday, but they're going to be cautious and likely hold the guard out of the last five days of organized team activities.
"Herremans is actually doing good," Eagles coach Andy Reid said Friday. "I'm going to probably hold him out here. He's got a little bit of soreness in his arch and we're just going to work that out."
Herremans hasn't practiced with the team this week and flew down to North Carolina to have his left foot examined by Dr. Robert Anderson. He had surgery on that same foot last August in Philadelphia when he suffered a stress fracture during training camp. It caused him to miss the first five games of the season.
Upon returning from Charlotte, Herremans tweeted that "all is well." Reid downplayed the injury, although it was serious enough that the team decided to get a second opinion and not one from the doctor that originally performed the surgery [Steven Raikin of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital].
"He's been given the OK," Reid said. "He said nobody needs to worry about him."
With Herremans out, Max Jean-Gilles has been taking most of the first team repetitions at left guard. Jean-Gilles said recently that he has lost close to 40 pounds since he had a lap band surgerically placed around his stomach in April.
The Eagles have had their share of injuries this week, although none as serious as the ruptured Achilles tendon that safety Marlin Jackson suffered from Tuesday. Linebacker Stewart Bradley (calf) and running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) have endured "tweaks," according to the team, and aren't likely to see the field today. Reid said that he isn't concerned about the injuries, it being only June.
The team resume practices today. They have four more days of OTAs scheduled for next week and then they formally break until training camp starts in late July.