Cary Williams, signed by the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason to anchor their secondary, chose once again to forgo the team’s optional organized team activity.
Having missed a substantial period of the team’s OTAs and offseason conditioning program for various reasons, including his wedding and honeymoon, Williams again opted to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take in his daughter’s recital.
Williams’ teammate in the secondary and fellow free agent signee, Kenny Phillips, also was absent from the Novacare Complex on Friday to be present as his wife delivers the couple’s first child. Phillips also was unable to practice on Tuesday as a precaution against re-injuring his knees which have ailed him for the past several seasons.
A team spokesman explained that had Phillips been in attendance, he likely would have practiced Friday.
Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson was in attendance but unable to practice due to a minor ankle injury. Jackson was seen assisting coaches during individual wide receiver drills early on in the session.
By and large, Chip Kelly has had little trouble coaxing his players to attend these voluntary sessions this offseason. However, Jason Peters was once again absent after missing all of last week and this week’s practices. A team spokesman, and Kelly himself, declined offering an explanation for the team’s franchise left tackle missing practice.
Finally, LeSean McCoy also was nowhere to be found on Friday. He was not initially on a team spokesman’s list of players absent from practice. McCoy not being on the field for the final OTA practice explains why second-year running back Bryce Brown got all of the reps with the first team.
It will be interesting to see how Williams skipping out on the final voluntary OTA of the offseason plays in the Philadelphia media and among his teammates as the team’s mandatory minicamp opens in South Philadelphia next week.
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