PHILADELPHIA ( - In a polarized political environment anything involving the Trump White House carries with it some controversy even when it involves a supposed apolitical event like a championship team making the traditional visit to Washington.

The Super Bowl LII champion Eagles are set to make that visit to the nation's capital on Tuesday and have tweaked their original OTA schedule this week, moving an open-to-the-media session from Monday to Wednesday so instead of the deluge of media questions coming before the visit for the players, they now will be getting them after.

An Eagles' spokesman denied that the organization was trying to shield the players from answering questions about whether or not they will attend the ceremony saying that the visit had already been a topic throughout the offseason and will continue to be one on Wednesday after the visit.

A host of Eagles players, most notably Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Brandon Graham, have already gone on record saying they will not be attending the White House visit due to their differences with President Donald Trump.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will speak to the media prior to Wednesday’s practice at 10:30 AM ET.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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