Cary Williams can’t seem to catch a break.
The veteran cornerback, signed by the Philadelphia Eagles away from the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens during the offseason, skipped OTAs this spring to tend to family duties such as picking out sconces and attending his daughter’s dance recital. He was forced to leave the team’s first full squad training camp practice early Friday after tweaking his hamstring.
“I’m just hurt; I’m not injured,” Williams said. “It’s something that’s minor. It’s nothing to go all crazy about.”
Still, it’s another setback for Williams who already missed time during the spring. He will be counted on as the team’s top cornerback and the quicker he can return to the field the better.
Williams will likely miss a day or two of practice and is officially listed as day-to-day. However, if there was a game scheduled for Saturday, that would likely be a different story.
“Yeah, I would [play]. I probably would,” Williams said. “I would probably play through it, wrap it up and all that stuff, probably get shot up and do whatever it takes to get right. Fortunately for me, it’s not a game and fortunately for the Eagles, it’s not a game. It’s another day of practice.”
Head coach Chip Kelly doesn’t have any reservations about the veteran who started his career with the Tennessee Titans and later hoisted the Lombardi trophy with the Ravens.
“I’m confident in Cary,” Kelly said. “He’s one of the guys in our secondary that’s an experienced player. He played on a Super Bowl team last year and was a heck of a player in this league.”
Elsewhere on the injury front, wide receiver Arrelius Benn went down during one-on-one drills midway through practice clutching his knee. He was not available for comment after practice, but team sources pointed out that he was being evaluated.
The Eagles first-team offensive line (Lane Johnson, Todd Herremans, Jason Kelce, Evan Mathis and Jason Peters) all practiced together in the team’s first full-squad training camp practice, which is a welcomed sight in terms of injuries to a unit in which only Mathis finished 2012 without suffering a serious injury.
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