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Eagles Injury Update: Mack Hollins returns to sideline; an encouraging step for Rodney McLeod

Eagles Injury Update: Mack Hollins returns to sideline; an encouraging step for Rodney McLeod

Updated: 2:20 p.m.

Don't call it a setback.

Mack Hollins pops back up on the injury report Monday, but Doug Pederson made it clear his latest issue is unrelated to the sports hernia that sidelined the third-year wide receiver for 18 months (see story).

Here’s today’s Eagles training camp injury update:

Mack Hollins

After finally getting all the way back after an 18-month layoff following sports hernia surgery and practicing Thursday through Saturday (Sunday was a day off), the third-year receiver was back on the sideline Monday with what Pederson said was an unrelated “lower-body” injury. Pederson wasn’t any more specific than that.

Hollins was outside at practice and said he wasn’t concerned about this latest injury. He said he caught 300 balls from the JUGS gun after practice and said he was already feeling better at the end of that session (see story).

“It’s not a setback,” Pederson said. “We’re just being cautious with it. We’re going to continue to monitor it day to day, but it’s not a setback.”

Cre'Von LeBlanc 

Pederson addressed LeBlanc’s injury for the first time, saying the cornerback's injury was “week to week” but declining to be any more specific than that. LeBlanc was seen outside the locker room in a walking boot and riding a Roll-a-Bout scooter.

The fact that Pederson said "week to week" and didn't mention surgery or injured reserve is an encouraging sign, although as vague as Pederson was it's hard to draw any conclusions.

Rodney McLeod

As he gradually works his way back following knee surgery last September, McLeod got his first work in any drills other than individual on Monday as he participated in 7-on-7s. That's an encouraging step for McLeod, who told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro he felt great after the session.

Paul Worrilow

After missing all of last year with a torn ACL that he suffered last spring at OTAs, the veteran linebacker has been practicing, but he was absent on Monday. No word on the nature of his injury. 

Blake Countess

Countess, the one-time Eagle safety who rejoined the team this offseason, practiced on Thursday before missing practice on Friday and Saturday. He returned on Monday and was a full participant. Countess had a foot injury late last season with the Rams.

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Watch Eagles cheerleader Kyle Tanguay crush his American Idol audition

Watch Eagles cheerleader Kyle Tanguay crush his American Idol audition

Rookie Eagles cheerleader Kyle Tanguay captured Philly fans' collective hearts this past season with his energy and excitement at the Linc. It was an instant connection. 

Over the weekend, he did the same thing with American Idol's judges.

Tanguay, 21, zipped down to Washington, D.C., to audition for the rebooted singing competition after his first year with the Birds' cheerleading squad, looking to broaden his performance horizons after the warm reception he received in 2019.

The Eagles' cheerleading squad showed out in a big way for Tanguay's audition in front of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan, including performing a quick custom "Kyle" cheer after flooding the audition room.

Ultimately, though, Tanguay wasn't going to get a free trip through the contest if he couldn't sing.

His clip on Sunday night's show showed: he can really, really sing.

That's a no-joke performance from someone who had never sung in public.

Tanguay talked with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra earlier this month about the audition:

It was the most craziest experience ever and it really allowed me to remind myself that it’s okay to step outside your comfort zone. The experience on the show was so awesome, so exciting and it’s something that I cannot wait for the world to see.

Tanguay keeps the hits coming. Auditions continue through mid-March, and then we head to Hollywood, where Tanguay will probably win even more fans.

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Doug Pederson explains why he no longer has an offensive coordinator

Doug Pederson explains why he no longer has an offensive coordinator

As Doug Pederson enters Year 5 as Eagles head coach, there’s a notable change to the structure of his coaching staff. 

He doesn’t have an offensive coordinator. And now we have a reason why. 

Earlier this offseason, Pederson fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh a day after he said Groh was safe and then shook up the structure of his coaching staff, electing to move forward sans an official OC. 

As the NFL world gets ready to take over Indianapolis this week for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, Pederson spoke the the Eagles Insider Podcast and finally explained his decision. 

It’s a great question because it’s a question I have really pondered about for quite some time, really for many years. You look around the league and there are teams who don’t have coordinators. There are teams that have coordinators. I’ve had a coordinator by title. I look at the structure of what we’re doing offensively and how collaborative we put our game plans together. It’s like players; it’s not about one guy. Same way on the coaching staff. It’s not about one coach who has to do everything. It’s a collaborative effort. 

“Bottom line, I’m the one calling plays on game day. So in some facets, you could consider me the offensive coordinator as well. The more I thought about it, I’m like, just again, I’m really excited about Press (Taylor). I think he’s got a bright future. Giving him the title of passing game coordinator, really again, gives him the opportunity to give more thought and input on our game plans. Having Rich (Scangarello) being as a senior offensive assistant, he can assist and help sort of bridge the gap with [Jeff Stoutland] and Press and putting all the pieces together, along with myself and Justin Peele and Duce Staley. Just bringing our game plans together. That’s what I want. That’s my vision for this season and really having a seamless transition that way. 

“When we win, we win as a team. Again, it’s not about one guy getting the credit. I feel like this is the best structure for us, for me as the play caller. Because there’s times when I get pulled in a lot of different directions and I gotta lean on Press. And I’m going to have to lean on Rich and Jeff Stoutland and the guys to really pull the game plans together and really give me the information that I need as we prepare for games.” 

While Pederson — and really everyone inside the NovaCare Complex — has always stressed a collaborative effort in all football manners, he didn’t really give any specifics about how the workload will be split and how Groh’s former responsibilities will be divided up in the new power structure. 

Hopefully, we’ll get some of those answers in Indianapolis this week. 

As a reminder, he’s an updated look at the new structure of the Eagles’ offensive coaching staff. 

Head coach/play caller: Doug Pederson

Quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator: Press Taylor 

Offensive line coach/run game coordinator: Jeff Stoutland 

Senior offensive assistant: Rich Scangarello 

Running backs coach/assistant head coach: Duce Staley 

Tight ends coach: Justin Peele 

Wide receivers coach: Aaron Moorehead 

Pass game analyst: Andrew Breiner 

It’s not unheard of for an NFL coach with a clear focus on one side of the ball — like Pederson on offense — to not have an official coordinator. But this is just the first time he has elected to have this setup. 

The optics weren’t great a month and a half ago when Pederson gave Groh a vote of confidence only to fire him a day later, but on the podcast claimed he was still going through his evaluation process at the time. 

At the time, one obvious theory was that Pederson wanted to keep Groh and the front office overruled him. But that’s a theory that has been shot down multiple times by the Eagles. And Pederson on this podcast said that he listened to input from his bosses but, ultimately, the coaching staff is up to him. 

“The coaching staff is my responsibility,” he said. “I’m the one that hires them and I’m obviously the one that has to do the dirty work and sometimes let coaches go. That’s my responsibility.”

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