Andy Reid did not even have to be asked.
Right after his first ''injuries'' update Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles coach addressed what he called the ''McDougle issue'' the state of talks between the Birds and their holdout first-round draft pick, Jerome McDougle.
''On the McDougle issue, it's really not an issue,'' Reid said. ''He's not here. There's been no further progress, and we'll just leave it at that.''
A day earlier, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson talked more about what McDougle is missing by not being in camp with the Eagles' other rookies for five workouts before the veterans report.
''He is missing some important stuff, but you go on and, hopefully, he will catch up,'' Johnson said. ''But he will struggle a little.
''It helped; there is no question about that. It is going to help him a lot more being here. The more reps you get, the better you will be, and will be easier for him. And it is amazing how much you can forget in a month Even us coaches get a little rusty from having a month off.''
Talks between the Eagles and McDougle's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are being carried on via cell phone because team president Joe Banner is vacationing in New England.
McDougle is the only unsigned member of the Eagles' six-player 2003 draft class.
Injuries: Reid had none to report. And he said running back Correll Buckhalter and defensive end Derrick Burgess, who are coming back from knee and foot injuries, respectively, are showing no signs of trouble.
Catching on?: Josh Parry, who failed to make the Eagles' roster as a linebacker in the previous two training camps, has shown nice hands while trying to catch on as a fullback.
All is well with Dawkins: Don't worry about free safety Brian Dawkins if you don't see much of him in scrimmages after he reports with the other veterans. Johnson wants to see if he can find depth at the defensive back positions from youngsters Norman LeJeune, Jamal Wallace, Clinton Hart and Quintin Mikell.
''They are fighting for jobs and we have to see how they play in the preseason,'' Johnson said. ''You won't see Dawkins as much as you will see those guys.''
Camp schedule: The early arrivals are scheduled to practice once, at 10:30 a.m. The veterans are scheduled to report in time for a 7 p.m. meeting. On Tuesday, players are scheduled to go through a private testing session in the morning, then have a 3:30 p.m. workout. Full-roster, two-a-day workouts are scheduled to begin Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Call the Eagles' fan information line (610-758-6868) to confirm the times and access.
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