Andy Reid closes Eagles practices to media

Andy Reid has barred reporters from the team's practices for the first time in his tenure with the team. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid has closed all Eagles practices to the media during the season.

The Eagles typically allow reporters to watch most of practice on Thursdays and Fridays, but for competitive reasons, Reid said, he has decided for the first time in his 14 seasons as head coach to close those practices.

Reporters will be permitted to watch the first ten minutes of practice as they have for years on Wednesdays. That period is allotted mostly to allow television cameraman and photographers to shoot the team.

"My No. 1 priority here is to win football games and put the best product on the field," Reid personally told reporters at the NovaCare Complex media room. "I want to minimize any competitive advantage any team might possibly have."

The Eagles said that 25 other NFL teams have the same practice policy.

"It's changed over time," Reid said of media coverage. "Between Twitter, the whole instant messaging. Everything is right now. I just want to make sure that I'm staying up with that."

The Eagles don't allow reporters to report off practice during the preseason or season. They do permit the reporting of injuries that occur during practice as long as the player vacates the field. The NFL mandates that every team must give daily injury reports after practice.

There had been some gray area in how reporters wrote off practice, however. For instance, if a player was promoted or demoted or changed a position there would be no stopping a reporter from going up to said player and asking him about the move.

In the end this loophole, which increasingly caused some friction between reporters and the Eagles' communications department, may have led to Reid closing practice.

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