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Veteran tight end James Casey, coming off a knee injury that shelved him for most of the Eagles’ offseason workouts, is one of a handful of non-rookies who will participate in the first days of training camp, according to a list released by the Eagles on their website.
Casey had his knee scoped in late May and sat out the rest of the minicamps.
Unlike the others who’ll be reporting on Monday and start practicing on Tuesday, Casey is an established NFL player. He has 66 catches for 752 yards and four TDs in four NFL seasons, including career highs of 34-for-330-3 last year, his fourth season with the Texans.
The Eagles signed Casey to a three-year, $12 million contract on March 13, a deal that included $6.015 million in guaranteed components.
All five quarterbacks on the roster -- Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon, Nick Foles, G.J. Kinne and Michael Vick -- are also expected to report on Monday.
Other non-rookies expected at the NovaCare Complex for the early workouts include wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, tight end Derek Carrier and cornerback Eddie Whitley, who each spent time on the Eagles’ practice squad last year; and linebacker Chris McCoy, who has spent time on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Seahawks and Texans and has also spent two years in the CFL.
Unlike the other major sports, the NFL defines a rookie as a player who has never spent a day in any camp of any professional team in any league.
When Andy Reid was the coach, all players who finished the previous season on Injured Reserve participated in the first three days of practice. That isn’t the case under Kelly, so guys likeJason Peters, Todd Herremans and Jason Kelce won’t arrive until Thursday and won’t practice until Friday.
Rookies expected Monday
On offense: quarterback Matt Barkley, running back Matthew Tucker, receivers Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy and Russell Shepard; tight ends Zach Ertz and Will Shaw; and offensive linemen Michael Bamiro, Nic Purcell and Matthew Tobin.
On defense: linemen David King, Joe Kruger, Bennie Logan, Isaac Remington, Damion Square and Daryell Walker; linebacker Jake Knott; corner Jordan Poyer; and safety Earl Wolff. Also, punter Brad Wing.
Meanwhile, first-round draft pick Lane Johnson remains unsigned and cannot report to the NovaCare Complex until he signs. Only 13 of the 32 first-round picks have signed so far.
Most training camp practices are closed to fans this summer. The first open practice is scheduled for a week from Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Linc.