Eagles Training Camp 2022: Why Zac Pascal missed the first day of training

Veteran receiver Zac Pascal missed the Eagles’ first training camp and now we know why.

The Eagles classified Pascal as an “illness” but on Thursday, Pascal tweeted about the food poisoning.

Yes, that’s enough to make you miss a practice. The Eagles’ first training session of the summer lasted just 58 minutes on Wednesday. They did a walkthrough on Thursday but will be back at the practice ground on Friday and Saturday morning before Sunday’s holiday.

We’ll see if Pascal can get back to those sessions. Even if food poisoning goes away, it could take a lot from you.

Entering this training camp, the Eagles were in good health. They had three players listed as Active/PUP: Richard Rodgers, Brett Toth, and Terry Jackson.

But only one player completely missed their first bootcamp practice. Jason Kelsey was on the field but did not participate as he progressed from a game with COVID-19.

The Eagles are using a new term called “COVID evolution” this summer. Kelsey and receiver Keric Wheatfall missed training on Wednesday with this designation, while Fletcher Cox and Anthony Harris were limited participants. Neither Cox nor Harris participated in the team’s training. Cox said after training that he had been very ill for a week and a half, but was already feeling mostly better.

Pascal, 27, signed a one-year contract with the Eagles in an off-season reunion with Nick Siriani in Philadelphia. Siriani hasn’t been shy about how much he appreciates Pascal as a player since their time together at Indianapolis.

After trading AJ Brown during the draft, Pascal is clearly the fourth pick in reception for the Eagles behind Brown, DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins. But he will play some of them in 2022 and he is only one injury away from a bigger role.

Pascal, who dropped out of Old Dominion in 2017, has played in four seasons in the NFL. He has 150 career catches for nearly 1,900 yards with 15 touchdowns. His best season in the NFL came in 2019-2020, when he went over 600 yards to receive it in successive years.

If nothing else, Pascal is a maven who knows the way Siriani wants to get things done.

“I think the whole coaching staff is a fan of Zach Pascal,” Siriani said before camp. “I knew they were going to be meaning it’s very reliable, it’s fast, it’s powerful.”

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