DeSean Jackson Misses Practice, Also No More Media At Practices

Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid watches in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Two significant pieces of news came from Andy Reid today. First, DeSean Jackson will miss practice today due to a hamstring issue. Often, these are minor injuries, but you will occasionally see a hamstring injury that dogs a guy for 5 weeks. So that will be worth keeping an eye on. Jeremy Maclin also won't practice as he's still working back from a hip pointer.

So at the moment, the Eagles only have 3 healthy WRs. Jason Avant, UDFA Damaris Johnson and Mardy Gilyard, who just signed this week. Little scary.

The other piece of news is that after 14 years of allowing the media to watch practices, Andy Reid has decided to shut the doors. Media will no longer be able to see Thursday and Friday practices. He mentioned something about twitter and not wanting to give up any competitive advantage, but didn't mention a specific incident or catalyst for the shift in policy.

While many are reacting with outrage to this development, it is worth mentioning that Andy's policy of allowing open practices has actually become antiquated in the league. The Eagles were one of a few remaining teams that had not closed their practices.

That said, whether or not Reid wants the media at practices is immaterial to me and not really important, but I find it very hard to believe that any other team gains a competitive advantage over the Eagles by reading Jeff McLane's twitter account. There's what? Well over 200 games worth of film on Andy Reid's team spanning 13 years? Someone tweeting "Nice catch by Clay Harbor #eagles" is going to give opponents something those 13 years of film aren't?

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