Friday, August 7, 2015

Eagles injury report grows

Running back DeMarco Murray returned to practice Friday, but that was the extent of the good injury news at Eagles training camp.

Murray, coming off a respiratory illness, barely practiced before shutting it down.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso sat out his second straight day with a concussion and linebacker Mychal 

Kendricks didn’t practice, although he watched the session and said he was OK.

Additionally tight end Zach Ertz was a spectator for the Eagles.

Kamal Gray, right, of Philly's Roots joined Dom DiSandro at practice.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who coached Sam Bradford for one season with the St. Louis Rams, was unable to contain his optimism over the quarterback’s comeback from back-to-back ACL surgeries.

“I think experience makes us all better,” Shurmur said. “It’s not always pretty. There’s times when you’ve got to experience it. I like to think that sometimes when you have some things go wrong it ends being sort of a blessing because you learn from it. From the time we’ve been together in Philadelphia he’s gotten his body and knee right and you can see he’s executing out here at a high level.”

Among other mentions Friday, Shurmur isn’t alarmed at the vacancy at right guard, which right now is a competition primarily among Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner and Dennis Kelly.

Shurmer said wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the first round pick out of USC is “doing terrific.”

Shurmur plugged tight end Trey Burton, who picked up a blocked punt and scored last season. Burton figures to play an expanded role in the H-back spot manned last year by James Casey.

Oh, and Shurmur is a fan of G.J. Kinne, who switched from quarterback to wide receiver this season.

“G.J. Kinne is like that utility infielder,” Shurmur said. “He’s Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell all wrapped up in one. He’ll do anything to win games.”

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