Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin
suffered a calf strain that will require an MRI, but head coach Andy Reid said the MRI was delayed because Babin had swallowed a thermometer. Considering that Babin is the sort of individual who has to be told by management he can't run with the bulls in Pamplona
, it wasn't a stretch to think that Babin swallowed, perhaps intentionally, a thermometer us mortals use when we've got the sniffles.
Unfortunately, the real story isn't nearly as gnarly as it sounds.
The key phrase in Reid's quote is "those thermometers". As explained by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "those thermometers" Reid referred to is a pill-like device
that monitors a player's core temperature from the inside. Babin was one of over two dozen Eagles were having their core temperatures monitored in this fashion when he strained his calf on Saturday.
Babin will eventually undergo an MRI, but he has to, um, "expel the device" beforehand. The injury is not believed to be serious and Babin is expected to miss about a week of camp.
In other Eagles' injury news, wide receiver Riley Cooper
is expected to miss six weeks with a broken collarbone. Reid does not expect to add another receiver to the roster to account for Cooper's absence.