Dareus tweaks hamstring


Dareus tweaks hamstringIt happened in the final stages of practice Friday. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus strained his hamstring.

"Marcell Dareus tweaked his hamstring," said head coach Sean McDermott. "He's going through an evaluation (this morning) and testing it out right now. His practice status (for today) is up in the air right now."

How serious the injury is has yet to be determined. McDermott was disappointed for Dareus knowing how hard he has worked in preparation for this camp.

"Anytime players miss time you get concerned," said McDermott. "But I'm going to stay positive and he's done a great job of being in shape at this point in camp and has really handled things well. We'll see how this unfolds. We'll attack the treatment the way we would attack any treatment and try to get him back on the field as soon as possible."

Dareus is not participating in Saturday morning's practice. He was riding the stationary bike at the outset of this morning's session.

Pacing McCoyOffensive coordinator Rick Dennison said the workload for LeSean McCoy in training camp and in regular season games will be up to head coach Sean McDermott. Saturday morning, McDermott confirmed that it is something they're mindful of going forward.

"We've got to be smart and manage his reps through practice," McDermott said. "We know what he brings to the table. That is something that we have on our radar in terms of his rep count. So we've got to be conscious of that moving forward and we will be."

As for the regular season McDermott isn't ready to put a target number of touches on McCoy.

"We'll see what he can handle. We'll put him in a position to be successful and try to manage the downside," he said. "Running backs, you'd love for them to take every rep of a game, but for LeSean that's not realistic. We'll see how it goes week to week."

No. 2 QB updateThere has been some mixing and matching with quarterback reps and the second string offense between veteran T.J. Yates and rookie Nate Peterman. Coach McDermott chalked it up to getting some looks of both QBs with that unit.

"We're just looking at things. T.J. and Nate are rolling in and out and just getting them more reps and a chance to isolate with the second group," said McDermott. "Nate made a couple of phenomenal throws yesterday. He's a smart football player. It's important to him. You see that it matters to him when things go well and when they don't go well. The thing I liked about him yesterday was he had a play that didn't go well and he was mentally tough and came back and put the ball right on the numbers the next time. So that's the type of maturity and mental approach that's important to have in this game and the quarterback position."

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