PHILADELPHIA – Defensive end Michael Bennett and running back Darren Sproles were absent as the Eagles opened OTAs on Tuesday.
Bennett's absence is not related to his ongoing legal affairs, says coach Doug Pederson, who took Bennett's absence while walking
"I really have no qualms about getting used to the defense," he said. "You've been around long enough to understand [defensive coordinator] Jim [Schwartz]'s style and what we teach, and it suits his strength, and that's the ball as d-lineman. It's just one Ask him to get here, and get him around his teammates. "
Pederson added that he expects Bennett to attend OTAs someday.
The Eagles acquired Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks in March for a fifth-pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson. Shortly thereafter, an arrest warrant for Bennett's arrest was issued after a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, indicted him for a serious charge of injury to an elderly man caused by an alleged incident in the NRG stadium after Super Bowl LI According to his lawyer Rusty Hardin, Bennett has made no travel restrictions. Bennett's next appearance in court is scheduled for June 27.
It was not uncommon that Bennett, who lives in Hawaii, did not complete any seasonal training during the Seahawks.
The same goes for Sproles. He normally trains in San Diego to be closer to his family. This has gotten more priority in recent years. The 34-year-old Sproles retired after the 201
"It's a volunteer program, and they're two guys who do not care so much about their ability to win games because they're seasoned players and they know how to prepare themselves," Pederson said ,