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15 months after surgery, Eagles WR Mack Hollins still can't practice

15 months after surgery, Eagles WR Mack Hollins still can't practice

Fifteen months later, Mack Hollins is still hurt.

Hollins, the Eagles’ fourth-round draft pick in 2017, won’t be participating in OTAs for the time being as he continues to rehab following sports hernia surgery 15 months ago.

Head coach Doug Pederson made the surprising revelation that Hollins is still not healthy enough to practice Tuesday morning when he met with the media prior to the Eagles’ first OTA session of the spring.

This has been a bizarre ordeal for the promising wide receiver from North Carolina, who played in all 16 games as a rookie during the 2017 Super Bowl season.

Hollins initally underwent surgery in February of 2018, soon after the Super Bowl, and in the locker room the Monday before last year’s season opener he pronounced himself healthy and ready to play against the Falcons. 

Two days later, Pederson said Hollins had experienced a “minor setback,” would miss the Falcons game and then be further evaluated. But he wound up going on Injured Reserve and missed the entire season, eventually undergoing a second surgery at some point.

Hollins caught 16 passes for 226 yards and a 64-yard touchdown from Carson Wentz against the Redskins as a rookie in 2017. He added one nine-yard catch in the postseason. He also played 231 special teams snaps during the regular season and emerged as one of the Eagles’ best special teamers.

With the Eagles bringing back DeSean Jackson and returning Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor and drafting JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the second round, and adding prospects like DeAndre Thompkins and Charles Johnson, there is a lot of competition at wide receiver, and Hollins’ spot on the team is certainly not guaranteed. Guys like Braxton Miller, Greg Ward and Shelton Gibson are also in camp.

Pederson did not indicate when Hollins might return to action.

“I’m encouraged by his progress right now,” he said.

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Why Eagles need Brandon Graham to have a big year as a pass rusher

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Brandon Graham's future with the Eagles was uncertain heading into the offseason, but the 31-year-old defensive end is back with a new, three-year deal.

Graham started all 16 games for the Eagles last season and recorded four sacks and nine tackles for loss. 

He'll be a key part of the defense this season, especially with the team having lost defensive ends Michael Bennett and Chris Long.

"He needs to be a double-digit [sacks] guy in order for this defense to really work the way it's supposed to work," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Barrett Brooks.

Brooks and Derrick Gunn discuss why Graham comes in eighth on their list of the 10 most important Eagles in the video above. 

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

While many Eagles fans have mixed emotions about Donovan McNabb and his tenure as a Philadelphia Eagle, that feeling is not mutual. 

In town Thursday to meet kids at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, McNabb told me that it’s all happy when he reflects on his time with the Eagles.

“I don’t get involved in the banter outside, the negative or people’s opinions," he said. "It was fulfilling a dream of playing football. And I have four kids of my own who were a part of the run we had here in Philadelphia so it was fun — it was a lot of fun.”

As for this year’s Eagles team, McNabb believes this squad can get to the Super Bowl, and he feels that everything begins and ends with Carson Wentz and his health. But it comes as no surprise that the former quarterback picked the guys who protect Wentz as most important to the Eagles' success outside of the signal caller.

“I think that offensive line has to gel like they were a couple years ago and take pressure off of Carson," McNabb said.

And yes, Philly fans, Five will always love you … and laugh with you. 

“I truly love what the fans have done for me and the support that I’ve had through my career," he said. "Sometimes you have your opinionated fans and that motivates and drives me, to this day. I laughed about it now and I laughed about it then.”

Fans will have a chance to chuckle with McNabb this fall when he’s inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on November 7.

You can watch more of my interview with McNabb above.

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