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Pat Shurmur on Getting Ready for the Eagles; Trent Richardson’s First Day of Practice

(Opening Statement) – “(Today was the) first real preparation for Philadelphia. The way this week is structured, of course, kind of practice then off, practice then off, then Wednesday we’ll get into the normal routine. (I’m) glad there was some heat out here today. It could be this hot at one o’clock on Sunday. It was good for the guys to get out here and run around. It has been good. I think we had the most guys at practice that we’ve had in a while. Other than a couple guys, I think we had most everybody out here, which is good. We’ll see where we go from there.”

(On how Trent Richardson looked at practice today) – “Trent, as you know, was out here today. He looked good. I knew he’d be out here today and he did a good job.”

(On if he had to limit Trent today) – “(It’s) his first day back at practice, so we just did what we could do.”

(On if Trent participated in team drills) – “Yes, he was in team.”

(On if Trent was running in a way where you wouldn’t know he’d been hurt) – “Trent looked healthy running around today.”

(On when he thinks he’ll make a decision if Trent will play Sunday) – “I think each person is different when they come back from injury and you handle each injury separately. We’ll see as we go. All along I’ve been hopeful that he’d be there.”

(On how Dimitri Patterson looked today) – “He looked good. Again, he was running around fast. I’ll go in and watch the tape. Again, some of these guys are just getting back into it. You haven’t been aware of it, but they’ve been doing lots of work behind the scenes. It doesn’t surprise me to see them out there running around.”

(On if he uses the film from the preseason game to study Philadelphia) – “Yes, we watch everything that the Eagles do and the preseason is no exception.”

(On if Wednesday will be the only day they wear pads every week) – “I’m going to do pads on Thursday. It’s Thursday because that’s when we do short yardage and goal-lines. I’ll elect to use the weeks that I can wear pads. As you know, we only get 14 of them. It doesn’t add up, but the weeks that I can wear pads, typically, I’ll do it on Thursday.”

(On Eric Haag missing practice today) – “He’s just had a little stomach flu, so we just sent him home precautionary.”

(On Dimitri’s overall importance to the secondary) – “Dimitri and Buster (Skrine) are both (important). I see them the same. They challenge and they have speed and that allows them to play the slot as well as play outside when they’re running down the field on you. I think it’s important. It’s really important.”

(On if there is any additional information on Joe Haden’s situation) – “I couldn’t talk about it if I knew. At this point, we’re moving forward with him. We’ll just see what happens on gameday.”

(On how Mike Holmgren has been since the ownership change) – “Mike’s the president and I’ve seen him do the things that he’s done as president since I got here 18 months ago.”

(On what Trent does for the offense when he’s healthy) – “I think when you have a dynamic running back, there’s synergy. When you hand the ball off, you’re going to get yards. Then of course, they’ve got to decide how they want to defend him. Then of course, the passing game is obviously involved there as well. You’d like to be able to run it and pass it on any down. If you got a guy that’s a runner that can make guys miss or break tackles, I think that’s important.”


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