Lurie Expects Reid Back This Week

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie addressed the media Sunday afternoon, and said head coach Andy Reid would be back sooner than most people might think.

“I expect Andy to be coaching this week,” said Lurie. “I know he feels that way, and he is very, very focused both on his family and his profession.”

The Eagles owner addressed the team for approximately three minutes prior to Sunday’s afternoon practice, this on the day it was learned that Reid’s oldest son, Garrett, had died. Lurie then spoke with the media, and described Reid as a “rock solid man.”

“I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength, and today  he exhibited it all,” said Lurie.

“All he wanted to talk to me about is a couple things: How incredibly excited he is for this football team — that’s been obvious I think from the beginning of training camp to all of us. But he wanted me to know that. Secondly, that he treasures these practices, and he feels bad he’s not going to be at practice today or probably tomorrow. He just thinks they’re incredibly important. And at the same time, this is a father fully grieving. I’ve watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years.”

Lurie was forced to stop for a moment to gather himself.

“”He cares so much about his family that it’s a hard one.”

It was announced earlier in the day that Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo would oversee the team in Reid’s absence, though it now sounds like that they will only be called upon for a short time.

“He loves his players, he loves his coaches. He feels so badly he’s even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they are in good hands with our coaches,” said Lurie.

“Actually in this moment of terrible pain he’s reaching out to all of us.”

Roger Goodell Issues Statement On Passing Of Garrett Reid

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement following the death of Andy Reid‘s oldest son, Garrett:

“We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. 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.”

Reaction has been pouring in from all over in support of the Reid family.

Statements From Roseman, Police Chief, Coroner

Here are the statements, in full, from Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, Lehigh University chief of police Edward Shupp and Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek.

From Roseman:

“Good morning. I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It is with great sadness that I tell you that Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Coach [Andy] Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here at training camp. This is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team and this makes this news even harder for us to process. Our hearts go out to Andy, [wife] Tammy, [sons] Britt, Spencer, [daughters] Crosby and Drew Ann. Coach has spent the morning informing his family. We ask sincerely that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. The team has been informed of this news, as have [Chairman/CEO] Jeffrey [Lurie] and Christina [Weiss Lurie]. The chief will speak to you in a minute about what is known about this event. From a football perspective, I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp. I’m going to turn it over to [Lehigh University Police] Chief [Edward] Shupp in a minute. On a personal note, we’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us. We’re going to be strong for him right now. As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting. Thank you.”

From Shupp:

“Good morning. I am Chief Edward Shupp from Lehigh University Police Department. This morning at approximately 7:20 am, officers received a 9-1-1 call about an unresponsive male in the Sayre Park dormitories. Upon arrival it was observed that attempts were made to revive the individual and it was unsuccessful. The individual, Garrett Reid, was deceased upon the officer’s arrival. There were no suspicious activities. At this time however I will turn it over to the coroner who will be handling that part of the investigation. Coroner Zachary Lysek.”

From Lysek:

“Good morning. What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh University Police Department and requested to respond for the discovery of a deceased male. We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh University Police Department, and I personally pronounced Mr. [Garrett] Reid deceased at the scene. The investigation will be ongoing and at this time will be pending the completion of the investigation.”

Eagles Will Hold Afternoon Practice

The Eagles will hold their scheduled 2:45 practice this afternoon.

Tragic news came down Sunday morning when it announced that Andy Reid‘s oldest son, Garrett, was found dead at training camp. The decision has been made to continue on with the structure of training camp as the organization mourns the loss of one of its own.

“From a football perspective I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp,” said general manager Howie Roseman. “On a personal note, we’ve been with Andy for a long time. He has always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now. As a father and friend, we are all hurting.”

Jeffrey Lurie‘s state-of-the-team address, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., has been cancelled.

 

Andy Reid’s Son, Garrett, Found Dead

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy ReidAndy Reid’s son, Garrett, was found dead at training camp, Howie Roseman announced Sunday morning.

He was 29-years-old.

“It is a tough morning  for all of us in the Eagles family,” said a shaken Roseman. “Garrett grew up with this team, and this makes this news even harder to process. Our hearts go out to Andy, Tammy, Britt, Spencer, Crosby and Drew Ann. Coach has spent the morning informing his family. We ask sincerely that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. The team has been informed of this news, as has Jeffrey and Christina [Lurie].”

Lehigh University chief of police Edward Shupp said a 9-1-1 call was placed at 7:20 Sunday morning from Sayre Park dormitories. Garrett Reid was deceased upon the officer’s arrival.

Shupp said no suspicious activity is suspected at this time. No cause of death has been reported.

Coroner Zachary Lysek said his office was contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and requested to respond to the discovery of a deceased male. The investigation into Garrett Reid’s death will be ongoing, Lysek said.

“This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children,” said Jeffrey Lurie in a statement.

Lurie will not be delivering his previously scheduled team address Sunday afternoon.

The team gathered on one of the practice fields at the beginning of this morning’s practice session and knelt down in prayer.

“From a football perspective I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp,” said Roseman. “On a personal note, we’ve been with Andy for a long time. He has always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now. As a father and friend, we are all hurting.”

With that, Roseman left the podium and embraced head trainer Rick Burkholder, overtaken with emotion.

No players or coaches talked to the media, but safety Kurt Coleman put the following Tweet out before practice:

“Prayers and condolences go out. May God protect us and serve us in this time of need.”

Garrett Reid had been working with the Eagles strength and conditioning department, a team spokesman said.

The team has not made a decision on whether it will hold practice Sunday afternoon. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will oversee the team until Reid returns.

More details to come throughout the day.

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this post.

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