— Each year, fans and reporters alike always anxiously await the first skirmish of Philadelphia Eagles training camp.
This year's watershed moment came Sunday, when running back LeSean McCoy took exception to what linebacker Brandon Graham jokingly referred to as a "little nudge" from fellow linebacker Trent Cole, sparking the altercation.
The players were in helmets but not pads on Saturday, which means the rule of the day was basically two-hand touch.
"[McCoy] came back, tried to get him again," Graham said, with a gleam in his eye. "T-Cole just lifted him, boom! Next thing you know, they're on the ground scuffling. I mean, it was just a friendly thing. They're always competing and talking stuff to each other. So I don't think it's nothing personal."
McCoy and Cole echoed Graham's thoughts.
"It was just two friends going at it," McCoy said. "The whole camp so far, he's been touching me a little too much. I'm trying to let him know it's OK if you can't cover me. It's OK. We were just battling, that's all. We'll go in the locker room talk it out, joke it out. It's nothing."
Added Cole: "We're just playing around, that's all. We're competitive. We're good."
Play of the day
QB Matt Barkley lofted a bomb down the left sideline that WR Kadron Boone caught in stride for a TD over CB Davon Morgan.
DT Bennie Logan (hamstring) sat out team drills and worked on the side. He is day to day. RB Chris Polk left the field immediately after the final drills and did not participate in post-practice stretching. No word on whether that was injury-related.
QB Matt Barkley. He's a different player and a different thrower than the one we saw coming off surgery in last year's training camp. On this day, he made all the throws with tremendous accuracy and apparent command of the offense. The battle for backup quarterback definitely has just begun, with Barkley closing on No. 2 Mark Sanchez.
DE Joe Kruger. Not hearing his name at all so far this summer, a year after winding up on injured reserve. Health permitting, he'll still have four preseason games to make himself get noticed. But the clock is perhaps ticking faster for him than others.
In the spotlight
DT Beau Allen. The rookie was given reps with the first-team defense on Sunday in the wake of Bennie Logan's injury. He was happy for any experience he could get.
"It was great," he said. "I mean, that's a great offensive line. I got a double-team today from [Jason Peters] and [Evan] Mathis, and it's not going to get much better than that. So obviously those are vets that know their business and they're a great offensive line, so it's great to get reps in there like that."
Merrill Reese says
"The very first player who jumps out at you when you come to camp is 43, Darren Sproles. You've seen him in other uniforms. Now you see him as an Eagle. And if you're wondering after he passed [age] 30, `Does he still have his quickness?' You can stop wondering. He is as quick and as fast as ever."
The first of two practices inside Lincoln Financial Field will be held today starting at 12:15 p.m.
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