Staley returns to Eagles, Reid makes no promises

Duce Staley's lengthy holdout has officially come to end, now could his days in Philadelphia be numbered?

Running back Duce Staley returned to the Philadelphia after a 26-day holdout. Staley, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.2 million this season, had been upset with the Eagles because they've shown little interest in signing him to a contract extension.

  

"It's behind us," said Staley, who was the team's leading rusher last season. "I really wanted to come in, really get back with my teammates. I missed those guys."

  

Staley met with coach Andy Reid before re-joining the team. Reid reiterated to Staley that he considers the running back an important part of the team's success. But he made no promises to him beyond this season.

  

"We communicated and put our differences aside," Staley said. "We both thought it was time for me to come in."

  

Reid echoed those sentiments. "We feel very comfortable going forward, both sides. I'm glad he's back. Everybody's glad he's back. He's in as good a shape as he can be without playing a game. He's in great condition."

  

Staley is expected to get a handful of touches in the Eagles' final preseason game against the New York Jets and should be ready for the club's season-opener Sept. 8 against Tampa Bay.

  

Reid wouldn't say whether Staley will be given back his starting job. The club's No. 1 running back right now is Correll Buckhalter, who has had a solid preseason after missing all of last year with a torn ACL. Reid's plan going into training camp was to rotate Staley, Buckhalter and second-year man Brian Westbrook, with each of them playing in certain formations and situations. Buckhalter is considered a better ball carrier, while Staley's strength is as a pass-catcher. Last year, he averaged 10.6 yards per catch, more than any other NFL running back.

 


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