As the entire Eagles family grieves the sudden death of Garrett Reid, the 29-year-old son of coach Andy Reid, the team is practicing on Sunday afternoon, at Andy Reid’s request.
Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com has more details regarding the aftermath of the tragic events, which the team will feel directly and powerfully because Garrett Reid died in his training-camp dorm room. He had been assisting strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin.
Frank separately reports via Twitter than owner Jeffrey Lurie said Reid plans to return to the team by Thursday, when the Eagles host the Steelers in the preseason opener.
Garrett Reid often was present on the sidelines at training camp. Per Frank, Garrett Reid also had helped out recently with the Temple football team, where brother Britt Reid is a graduate assistant coach and brother Spencer is a redshirt freshman running back.
The strong connection between Reid’s family and the Eagles family has added even more emotion to Sunday’s events. Frank writes that, after G.M. Howie Roseman told the media that Garrett Reid had died, Roseman “broke down sobbing.”
“My deepest sympathy for one of the greatest men on earth,” Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said via Twitter. “My heart bleeds for you, Andy Reid.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell also expressed his condolences. “We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid,” Goodell said in a statement released on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time.”
These will be difficult days for the Eagles and for the Reid family. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone affected by the passing of Garrett Reid.