Cox, Sproles Report for Mandatory Work
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - As expected, both Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles arrived at the NovaCare Complex for physicals on Monday, a day ahead of the team's mandatory minicamp.
Both players have missed all of the voluntary work this offseason with Cox wrangling for a lucrative, long-term extension and the 32-year-old Sproles preferring to spend time with his family in the West Coast, a decision he claimed the Eagles "were cool with."
The three-day minicamp kicks off Tuesday afternoon. Each player could have been fined $76,580 if they decided to skip the sessions this week.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said last week that he expected both Cox and Sproles would be in attendance.
“I have not (spoken to either),” the coach claimed. “Of course with Darren, Duce [running backs coach Duce Staley] has a great relationship with him and they have stayed in touch pretty much the entire offseason, you know, just kind of keeping Darren in the loop of what we are doing offensively and on special teams, but again, we expect him to be here. Then on Fletcher’s side, I know that Howie [Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman] has been in touch with his agent throughout the whole process. Again, he’s another one that I expect to be in town on Monday.”
All 87 eligible players reported for work Monday. The only three not in attendance are all excused: rookies Isaac Seumalo (Oregon State), Byron Marshall (Oregon) and Aziz Shittu (Stanford), who all attend universities that use the quarters system and can not attend due to NCAA graduation rules.
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