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Rodney McLeod expects to return to the field for Eagles training camp

The veteran safety is eager to get back out there with his teammates.

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Many members of the Eagles’ secondary are still working their way back onto the field after their injuries last season, including free safety Rodney McLeod.

According to Mike Kaye at NJ.com, McLeod is confident his return will be sooner rather than later.

“I think I’ll be ready for camp,” McLeod said following mandatory minicamp practice last week. “That’s been a goal since we set out and started this rehab process, so things are in line, right on schedule with where they need to be. I’m looking forward to this next month that I have to train.”

McLeod suffered both ACL and MCL tears in Week 3 last year, and plans to spend the next month training in Philly in order to be ready to go for training camp in late-July. It wasn’t always easy to be on the sideline, but he agreed to a restructured deal back in January to stay with the Eagles in 2019.

“It’s a very exciting time,” McLeod said, according to the team site. “Honestly, Philly is where I want to be. I’m glad we were able to get things done and handled early on. I really get to focus more on rehab and getting back out there with the boys and getting back to making plays for the team this year.”

Even back in January when he inked his new deal, McLeod mentioned that his rehab timeline targeted the start of the season, crediting the medical staff and trainers for making sure he was good to go.

Now, he’s excited for his hard work to pay off and to take the field again with his teammates, telling Kaye at NJ.com:

“I came a long way,” McLeod said. “To go from being injured and having the game taken away from you for that long and now be able to go back out there, and just participate in individual drills, get back out there with the guys, it’s a great feeling.”

And while he’s back in the fold for individual drills, he doesn’t plan to rush back into team drills just yet, and wants to be sure that he’s 100% rather than risk a re-injury. McLeod said that once he gets re-acclimated, he’ll wait for the trainers to fully clear him and then be ready to go.