Eagles don't know if they'll fly to Lehigh for training camp
Sooner or later, training camp will come into the discussion as something that could be changed dramatically by the labor impasse in the NFL.
It is a particular issue for the clubs that go away from their year-round facility for two or three weeks in the summer, usually to a college. If the start of camps is pushed back, many college facilities will not be able to host teams because they’ll need to cater to their first order of business – students in a fall semester that often begins around the third week of August.
As such, the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to make plans to get away to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The school would like to know by June 1 if they are planning to come, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. The Eagles are in limbo right now, though, because of the NFL’s labor situation.
“Obviously, they would need to know, and at some point, we'd need to know," Eagles president Joe Banner said, according to Bowen. "Obviously, we'll delay that as long as we possibly can, and hopefully, it takes care of itself" with a settlement of the labor impasse. "If we got so late, and then a resolution came, that we couldn't do it at Lehigh, we'd just do it at NovaCare."
NovaCare is the team’s year-round complex located not far from Lincoln Financial Field. An agreement with the city would prevent the Eagles from hosting fans for practices at NovaCare. Most teams probably wouldn’t want fans milling around their complex anyway.
As for rookie minicamp the weekend after the draft? The Eagles are still planning to hold it. They just don’t know if any rookies can show up at this point.
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