USA Today reports that Eagles tight end James Casey will undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean out loose cartilage his right knee and will be out of action for the rest of the spring. A team spokesman said Casey should be ready to go by the start of training camp. Casey signed a three-year deal with $14.5 million as one of the first additions for the Eagles in a busy opening few days in free agency. The former Texans fullback/tight end is expected to play a key role in coach Chip Kelly's offense.
Eagles defender Trent Cole told PhillyMag.com that he played last year with a broken bone and torn tendons in his right hand. He had surgery for it during the offseason and should be fine for the start of training camp. As for where Cole will play in 2013, that's still up for debate. The pass rusher has been a lineman but could move to linebacker in Chip Kelly's new 3-4 scheme. He's lost 10 pounds and has been dropping into coverage, something he didn't do a lot of as a lineman. "We dont know where were going to be at right now," said Cole.
Though Nick Foles did see some time with the first-team offense in minicamp practice Monday, Michael Vick still got the first rep and seemingly had at least a few more snaps. Head coach Chip Kelly downplayed the reps suggesting both quarterbacks were even in the race to start.
DeSean Jackson took umbrage to working with the second- and third-team offenses in Eagles spring workouts according to Philadelphia Magazine, even going straight to new coach Chip Kelly to ask why he was working with backups. But the two sorted the situation out and now Jackson is moving forward in lockstep with Kelly. "I think one of the biggest reasons was the offense was kind of new to myself and I never really had to learn every position in the offense [under Andy Reid]," said Jackson. "At the beginning of the process I didn't know the full offense and I didn't know every play, so that probably had to do with why I was moved to different teams and things like that. Now I am all-in on the offense and Im very familiar with the whole system. Its a good thing that I am able to learn that and know what everyone is doing instead of one person."
NFL.com reports that Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon said Thursday that his injured toe and shoulder would not keep him out of a game right now. "If there was a game tomorrow, I would be able to play," Garcon said. "We are just taking precautions to make sure it heals properly." As for the torn ligament in his right foot that plagued him most of the 2012 season, Garcon said it's improving. He also said he's going to get some help from his apparel company. "It's coming along, I'm getting special shoes made by Russell (Athletic) so they're helping me out with that," Garcon said. "And (I) continue to go along with the process of rehabbing, but it's an everyday ongoing process. I have to learn a lot about my foot and how I run and things like that with all these injuries, but it's getting better."
The Washington Examiner reports that Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed did not participate in the rookie minicamp because he said hes still recovering from a bone bruise in his knee. Coach Mike Shanahan said Reed also had a pulled quad, which resulted in soreness in his knee. Theyre hopeful hell be able to work in a couple weeks Shanahan said.
The Washington Examiner reports that Redskins rookie running back Chris Thompson should be ready for training camp after tearing his left ACL at Florida State this past season. Doctors said it would take eight months, and he had the injury six months ago.
Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league said Wednesday night that Jackson will miss the first four games of the regular season.
The Washington Post reports that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is glad running back Roy Helu is back at practice, and he hopes Helu can make an impact this season. Helu, who has been out with an ailing toe, will compete for playing time with Evan Royster, Keiland Williams and rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison behind starter Alfred Morris. Helu brings a lot to the table, Shanahan said. Im glad hes feeling good. He has practiced the last couple of days. He has looked good in practice. Its fun to have him out there. Hopefully he keeps on getting better and better, but anytime you have a guy that weighs  pounds, hes under that 4.5-[second], 40 [yard dash range], has receiving skills and the opportunity to make a big play, its good to have him back and a chance to compete.
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo told Comcast Sportsnet he's ready to "wreak havoc" this season after tearing a torn left pectoral muscle last September. I'm 100 percent, my body is feeling even better than what it was before as far as conditioning and strength-wise, Orakpo said. When you get hurt, you get to work on all the little muscles that you have a tendency to (overlook). It was a freak accident, it's nothing you can control.
CBS Washington is reporting linebacker London Fletcher will undergo surgery to fix his left ankle and his elbow, signaling his intent to return in 2013. These operations will be Fletcher's first and second career procedures. Surgery is the first step towards prepping for next season," he said.
Redskins receiver not only underwent a procedure on his right ankle but also both of his hands, the Washington Post reports. He had a plate and seven screws removed from the ankle in January and had torn ligaments in his hands repaired the same week. He had the plate and screws put in his ankle back in 2011. "Basically, the whole year, I was playing with two torn ligaments in both hands," he said. "So they corrected that and got all that stuff straight."
The Washington Post reports that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday that tight end Fred Davis might be able to practice next week, but he doesn't want him to. Shanahan said he wants to use caution with Davis in his comeback from last year's Achilles injury.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been released by the Redskins, a casualty of the team's NFL-imposed salary cap penalty on the eve of the start of free agency. He was due to make $7.5 million in salary in 2013.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he plans to begin cutting on his surgically repaired right knee next week. Griffin spent part of practice Tuesday racing teammates and another part throwing while rolling out of the pocket. All of this is being done in hopes of being ready for the start of training camp in late July. "I feel comfortable sprinting now," Griffin told the Washington Post. "The next big stage is just cutting. And its not that I go cut for two days and Im ready to go. Its just a month of just doing cutting drills, change of direction. That way I can train my body to get back for that. ... The shocking thing is every week that does pass by that I dont talk to you guys, I am feeling better. ... When it comes to training camp, its just a matter of how my body feels when I get back on July 25 before we go down to Richmond. Well go from there. But I've said it a bunch of times: Im pretty confident Ill be ready."
Redskins defensive back Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely Friday for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to the Washington Post. Jacksons suspension begins immediately and he is eligible for reinstatement on Aug. 31, 2013. The NFL will revisit his case in a year and Jackson is trying to appeal the ruling.