[Clears throat] . . . "Injuries . . ." Andy Reid opened most of his Eagles news conferences with the above intro, and after 14 years it became a part of the local lexicon and fodder for sports radio. It could be maddening at times, especially after a particularly difficult loss, but Reid's injury roll call served a purpose. He obviously wanted to control the message, and there were certainly times when he was less than forthcoming, but Reid's list kept speculation and error-prone reporting to a relative minimum. Chip Kelly, if we're to glean anything from the first time he had to answer questions about an injury, wants the message to be this: Don't come to me looking for injury information. "I don't ask questions," Kelly said Tuesday when asked if injury-prone Kenny Phillips' absence from practice was a setback. "They just tell me who is going and who is not going." Kelly stands little chance of being sent to the Russian front for divulging details about the status of his players. But if his tenure at Oregon revealed anything, it is that Kelly slips into Sgt. Schultz mode when pressed for injury updates. As of now, Kelly is under no obligation to report injuries. He won't be required to issue a daily update through the NFL office until the preseason starts. Even then, it could be difficult getting details on specific injuries - think Bill Belichick. Some fans prefer as much ambiguity as possible, believing the lack of information would benefit the Eagles. Perhaps. But the vagueness can often lead to conjecture and contradictory information. Ultimately, reporters want to get it right, and already there have been inconsistencies between what Eagles reporters were initially told and what later came to be. Phillips, who has had surgery on both his knees, was not at practice Tuesday. Asked about his absence, Kelly said that Phillips was with the trainers. Asked if the safety was sidelined as a precaution because the Eagles practiced in a steady rain, the coach said, "It's got nothing to do with the weather." Several hours later, though, Phillips told a team spokesman that he sat out for precautionary reasons. Jason Peters did not miss Tuesday's practice because of injury, or at least that's what Kelly said. But he has not attended the last four workouts, dating back to May 20, according to the coach. But when Peters and several other Eagles missed the May 20 practice, the team said it was because of travel delays due to poor weather. "We know where he is, and we know what's going on" was all Kelly would reveal Tuesday.
Eagles' Chip Kelly: Don't ask me about injuries
Philly.com | May 29