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."
Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will undergo back surgery Tuesday to alleviate pain that forced him to take shots before games last season. Recovery is expected to take 12 weeks. "Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months," said Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services. "He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises. Last week, he was examined by Drs. Russell Warren and Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. Dr. Watkins, after examining Jason yesterday, agreed. We expect a full and complete recovery."
The Giants posted an update on fullback Henry Hynoski. The veteran "suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau." The injuries require surgery. He hopes to be ready in time for Week 1. "I am going to set my mind to being ready for the first game of the regular season," said Hynoski. "They said that is not an unrealistic goal, and I will do everything in my power to be ready for the start of the season."
The New York Post reports that Giants coach Tom Coughlin said receiver Hakeem Nicks has work to do after missing OTA workouts. "Well hes definitely not in tune with where we are," Coughlin said Tuesday. "Weve had nine OTAs, and weve thrown a lot at them. I mean, hes just had one meeting. If he's around hell pick it up quick, hell get it fast.''
Giants running back coach Jerald Ingram confirmed what most Fantasy owners already assumed: Second-year speedster David Wilson and big back Andre Brown will compete for playing time but both will wind up getting work. The key on how those reps will be split might come down to just how improved Wilson's pass protection skills are.
The Indianapolis Star speculates that Ahmad Bradshaw will start for the Colts even though he might also begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Bradshaw has yet to practice with the team, missing minicamp last week while wearing a boot on his right foot, but it's believed that was done for precautionary reasons. Vick Ballard will challenge Bradshaw for playing time.
Terrell Thomas signed a one-year contract to stay with the Giants. The defensive back tore an ACL for the third time in his playing career last summer; he hasn't played in an NFL game since 2010. Speculation is that the team will move him to safety. "My knee feels great," Thomas said per the official team website. "It was a little struggle at first. It was a little inconsistent with the swelling. But for the last month-and-a half I haven't dealt with any swelling at all. It's progressed the last two weeks since I started running. The doctors are really happy with the way I'm progressing. They had to increase my workload because it wasn't enough."