DeSean Jackson Missing At Voluntary Minicamp

DeSean Jackson Missing At Voluntary Minicamp

As of this writing, Jackson has not made himself available for comment, leaving many concerned members of the media searching for answers. However, if he happened to Tweet about what was happening in his world this week (he didn't), it might sound something like this:

sry @ OTAS.. on da way home frm ATL yea buddy.. not talkn contract tho!! agent handln that.. get ready big yr frm #10 AND YA DO KNO THAT

So there you have it. Nothing to worry about. Right?

I know the reports say the absence isn't contract related. My guess is that's only a half-truth. DeSean has shown no intention of holding out, and doesn't seem overly concerned about any specific timetable. He's been incredibly mature about a situation that's really beyond the Eagles' control.

Due to current CBA rules, players on their rookie contracts are ineligible for raises to their base pay that exceed 30%. DeSean will only earn $470k in 2010 and $555k in 2011. Therefore, the only way it appears the Eagles can give him an extension would be to pay it almost entirely in guaranteed bonus money, which places all of the risk on the team.

That being said, how much sense does it make for a player to attend a voluntary practice in the midst of negotiating a complicated new deal? The team prefers full participation, but there is no reason for DeSean to risk sustaining a serious injury when he wasn't required to be on the field in the first place. That would complicate matters, to say the least.

So while it's probably not a contract related absence in the sense that he skipped minicamp out of frustration with the front office, it's reasonable to conclude the player simply finds it in his best interest to stay away. In this case, he's 100% right.

However you choose to interpret it, there's no reason to overreact. Best case scenario, Jackson would be working with Kolb every opportunity they had. It's June though. There will be plenty of time over the summer to get in sync. DeSean is a superstar now, and he's got to look out for himself until then.

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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.