Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2001

NFL Camp Roundup: Aerial photos anger Eagles’ coach

Philadelphia’s Reid bans newspaper, four TV stations from practice, later changes his mind

August 22, 2001

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— Philadelphia coach Andy Reid banned and then reinstated a newspaper and four television stations from training camp Tuesday for taking to the air the day before to watch the Eagles testing the new artificial turf at Veterans Stadium.

At least four area stations foiled Reid's plan to keep Monday's turf-testing session secret by broadcasting video of the practice taken from their helicopters.

The Philadelphia Daily News also ran aerial photographs showing Eagles players milling about on the NeXturf surface.

The shots did not sit well with Reid, who had closed the session to reporters and instructed players not to talk about the turf. In retaliation, Reid banned all reporters from the five news outlets from team practices until further notice.

"I asked for a simple favor yesterday. I felt that was neglected by certain parties. So I closed the practice to those parties," Reid said Tuesday.

The ban lasted six hours as all reporters were invited back for a 3 p.m. news conference.

Veterans Stadium is owned by the city, which shelled out $1.8 million to replace the stadium's AstroTurf with NeXturf. The turf failed its debut last week when rains forced cancellation of a preseason game.

New Orleans Saints

Thiboudaux, La. Aaron Brooks is starting quarterback for the Saints. Brooks beat out Jeff Blake.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville, Fla. A knee injury will keep tackle Tony Boselli out of Thursday's exhibition game against Kansas City. Boselli had a scare Sunday when he was diagnosed with a bone bruise.

Washington Redskins

Carlisle, Pa. Quarterback Jeff George returned to practice with the Redskins after two weeks nursing a sore arm and made 60 throws, the last a 25-yarder to Michael Westbrook. The team also signed former Ram Keith Lyle to back up David Terrell at safety.

Dallas Cowboys

Oxnard, Calif. Tight end David LaFleur, Dallas' first-round pick in 1997, was released Tuesday after failing a physical.

Buffalo Bills

Pittsford, N.Y. Buffalo quarterback Rob Johnson returned to action after missing a week of practice and Saturday's preseason game with a sprained index finger on his right throwing hand.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Placekicker David Akers has signed a contract extension with the Eagles that will keep him with the team through the 2007 season.

Denver Broncos

Denver When the Denver Broncos christen their new stadium Saturday night, starting defensive tackle Chester McGlockton will have to settle to be a spectator.

McGlockton, one of Denver's key defensive free-agent additions this off-season, will not play in the team's preseason game at Invesco Field at Mile High because of a sprained left knee.

Tests showed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in McGlockton's left knee. He will be re-evaluated before Denver's final preseason game on Aug. 31.

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