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Eagles - Curtis sitting out Eagles' minicamp after another groin procedure

Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that wide receiver Kevin Curtis is not participating in these workouts after undergoing another groin surgery, to "finish" the work done on his sports hernia last August.

Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that wide receiver Kevin Curtis is not participating in these workouts after undergoing another groin surgery, to "finish" the work done on his sports hernia last August.

Though no one explained this at the time, apparently, Dr. William Meyers thought Curtis could get by with a less-than-total procedure that would allow him to return to the field quicker. On April 15, Curtis got the rest of the work done, when he wasn't happy with his recovery.

"As I started rehabbing, I started having groin issues," Curtis said yesterday. "I was able to play through the season, and I felt pretty decent . . . I didn't want to report back [this spring] still having some issues with this . . . We weren't getting anywhere with it."

Curtis caught 33 passes for 390 yards in nine games last season, 12 more in the postseason, for 211 yards.

Night of the Iguana?

Cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, coming back from a devastating knee injury suffered preparing for the 2008 draft, limped off the field in the morning session after breaking up a pass. Ikegwuonu suffered what Andy Reid called a "hamstring spasm." Ikegwuonu said he felt he "just overextended myself a little bit," trying to get the pass.

When he broke on the ball and made the play, fellow corner Asante Samuel shouted: "That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, Iguana!"

Could that nickname catch on?

"I hope not," Ikegwuonu said.

State of the Sheldon

Reporters staked out the locker of disaffected cornerback Sheldon Brown yesterday in what is likely to become a daily ritual unless Brown calls it off.

Brown and Ellis Hobbs seemed to be alternating opposite Asante Samuel in yesterday's morning session. Afterward, Andy Reid said he did not want to get into his feelings about Brown's publicly demanding a trade and sparring in the media with team president Joe Banner, but "I would rather not have people do that."

"I'm pretty sure he doesn't" want such things happening, Brown said when that was relayed to him. "I don't like it when people don't tell the truth. I spoke out and told the truth."

Brown has said he made his public trade demand after hearing team president Joe Banner say Brown's dissatisifaction with his contract had not been brought to his attention, when Brown knew it had. Banner has said he tried to avoid the question because he thought Brown wanted to keep the matter private.

Reid said he spoke to Brown after the only remaining Eagles defensive starter from Super Bowl XXXIX reported for minicamp. Reid declined to elaborate.

"It was basically a conversation on the field about playing the game of football," Brown said. "It was not a conversation about what we're talking about."


Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, scheduled to speak to reporters today for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer in his spine, watched yesterday's proceedings from a motorized scooter . . . As was foreshadowed in Thursday's Daily News, Donovan McNabb did not hold his usual minicamp news conference, after welcoming his new teammates in a blog post. Andy Reid, asked whether McNabb's declining to speak opened up speculation about his feelings regarding his contract, said McNabb was "upbeat and positive and into that practice as you would expect him to be" . . . Reid said left guard Todd Herremans is recovering from a knee cleanup, but should be able to participate in the next organized team activity. He said reserve guard Max Jean-Gilles is still recovering from ankle surgery . . . Reid said his new offensive weapons, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy, obviously are still feeling their way around the offense, but he noticed "there weren't a lot of balls on the ground . . . I think you got to see a little bit of their ability" . . . Strange to see Brian Dawkins' former two-locker-stall suite occupied by Ellis Hobbs and Rashad Baker. *