TIGHT END James Casey, one of the nine unrestricted free agents the Eagles signed in March, had arthroscopic knee surgery this week.

The former Houston Texan will miss the Eagles' final four OTAs next week, as well as the team's mandatory minicamp, June 4-6, but is expected to be ready for the start of the training camp in late July.

The Eagles did not release the news of Casey's surgery, which is something they usually, but not always, did when Andy Reid was the head coach. The news was first reported by USA Today Sports. . . .

Offensive-line coach Jeff Stoutland has been very impressed by his All-Pro left tackle, Jason Peters. Said Stoutland: "For a guy his size, the leverage that he gains, he plays so low to the ground. He moves his feet so fast. Of all the players I've ever coached, he has the best balance and body control of anybody I've ever seen" . . .

Running back Bryce Brown averaged an impressive 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie last season and rushed for 178 and 169 yards in back-to-back games. But he also had four fumbles in 115 rushing attempts.

"Bryce has to understand traffic and what type of runner he is," running-backs coach Duce Staley said. "When you look at Bryce and the skills he brings to the table, he's going to break tackles, he's going to drag people, he's going to be hard to bring down. That's an elite skill he has. But if you're trying to break tackles and trying to run through and over people, you have to understand that there's going to be traffic and there's going to be defenders coming [to strip the ball away]."

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