Eagles work without top players Samuel, Jackson
Voluntary is the operative word as far as the Eagles are concerned.
While there was a report Samuel had opted out because of a death in the family, privately he had already planned to take the week off.
Jackson's absence almost certainly doesn't have anything to do with the contract extension he's seeking. He's attended all of the practices up to this week. Privately it's possible he could join the team before the end of the week.
Sidelined this week are guard Todd Herremans (foot), running back LeSean McCoy (ankle), middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (calf) and offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou (chest). The Eagles simply don't want to risk them to further injury.
Safety Kurt Coleman, the seventh-round pick out of Ohio State, still isn't back due to the conflict between the Buckeyes' graduation dates and the Eagles' camp. Coleman could really use the time to get on board with the program. At the least he's the Eagles' fourth safety right now, behind starters Quintin Mikell and rookie second round pick Nate Allen, and veteran Quintin Demps.