Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly says conditioning responsible for less injuries


Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are healthier than normal and their injury report is rather short. Only three players showed up the report this week: safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Brandon Boykin, and defensive end Fletcher Cox. More importantly, quarterback Michael Vick is still healthy.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly credits the players conditioning and this training regiment which includes smoothies and up-tempo practices.

“Obviously, the big issues you look at are the soft tissue injures, because those are preventable,” Kelly said, via ESPN. “If someone breaks a leg, someone breaks a leg. There’s not much from a sports science standpoint or preparation standpoint that goes into the prevention of breaking a bone.”

Vick agrees and claims to feel rejuvenated.

“I haven’t felt like this in a long time,” quarterback Michael Vick said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Come game time I just feel fresh and feel like I’ve been in my best shape in a long time.”

The Eagles are hoping that they can stay healthy for the rest of the season as they try to climb back in the NFC East. Fortunately for the Eagles, the NFC East is having a down year. The Cowboys are atop the division with a 2-2 record. The Eagles are tied with the Washington Redskins for second with a 1-2 record and the New York Giants are at the bottom still looking for their first win.

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