“Todd Herremans isn’t concerned about the long-term impact on his most recent foot issue. But should he be?
The surgically repaired left foot that sidelined the Eagles’ left guard for most of last year’s training camp, the first five games of the season and most of the spring camps is once again keeping him off the field.
“I’ve been doing what the doctors told me to do — I’m staying off it. No pounding,” Herremans, who will start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, said Tuesday after a morning workout.
“It’s been feeling good lately, but we just want to wait and slowly ease into it instead of just getting out there and pressing everywhere.”
But Herremans also painted a skeptical picture about his chance of being ready for the Sept. 12 season opener. Though he’s feeling no pain, the sixth-year lineman said there’s no timetable set for his first camp practice and that he’s unlikely to play in the first preseason game Aug. 13 against Jacksonville.
“The goal is to be ready for the regular season,” he said. “We’ll see how that works out.”
This isn’t encouraging news for an offensive line that endured multiple injuries in 2009 camp, a trend that carried into the season. The Eagles already opened camp with question marks at center and right guard. The team didn’t draft any offensive linemen in April, a rarity for coach Andy Reid.
Herremans tried to downplay the concern surrounding his foot. He said his trip to Charlotte, N.C., in June to visit a popular foot specialist was strictly for a checkup and said that he’s in the best overall shape of his career.
“If there was something drastically wrong, I’d be a lot more worried right now,” he added.
Changing of the guard
There could be as many six new starters on coordinator Sean McDermott’s defense this season, including all three linebackers. McDermott said his mission this camp is to find the “best 11 starters” regardless of name, resume or paycheck.
“I don’t care — young, old,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what you make, doesn’t matter how many years you’ve played. If you’re here and you’ve performed well, you’re going to play.””