Andy Reid returning to Eagles Wednesday for team walkthrough, one day after son's funeral

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Eagles players kneel in prayer before practice. (AP)

Andy Reid, who spent the past 72 hours handling the death of his son, Garrett Reid, at Eagles training camp would be forgiven if he never wanted to come back to football. He'd certainly be fine to take as much time off as he wanted. Instead, Reid will return to the Eagles on Wednesday for the team's walkthrough.

The team announced that news on Wednesday morning and also said that Reid would be "available to the media afterwards."

Reid spent Tuesday in Broomall, Pennsylvania at Garrett Reid's funeral, surrounded by over 1,000 friends and family members, many of the former coming from the ranks of the NFL.

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie hinted on Tuesday that Reid could be back on Wednesday, which came as a surprise then and remains surprising now.

"I think so," Lurie said. "We'll see, but all indications are that he probably will be."

But Lurie also made a point that explains why Reid's returning so soon, citing the need to "be around another loving extended family." Lurie also noted that Reid is "comfortable coaching."

Both points are entirely accurate and make sense from the point of coaching being a cathartic thing for the type of people who are motivated enough to end up becoming head coaches in the NFL. Reid's family is his family, but the Eagles team is also very much like a second family, and as such it's understandable that Reid would like to find his comfort zone and try to move forward.

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