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Strained hamstring sidelines Jeremy Bloom at Eagles camp

Strained hamstring sidelines Jeremy Bloom at Eagles camp{mosimage}BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Philadelphia Eagles receiver and former Olympian Jeremy Bloom has yet to practice because of a strained hamstring and is listed as day to day.

Bloom, a two-time Olympic skier and fifth-round draft pick, tweaked his hamstring working out with quarterback Donovan McNabb in Arizona. He underwent an MRI on Thursday, July 20, the first day of training camp.

“He does have a strained hamstring, and we’ll take this thing day by day,” coach Andy Reid said Saturday. “It could take a little bit of time.”

Bloom was a burgeoning star at Colorado before his football career was put on hold by an NCAA ruling. In the fall of 2004, the NCAA said Bloom wasn’t eligible for the football team because he accepted endorsements to keep his successful freestyle skiing career on track.

The 5-foot-9, 172-pound Bloom was picked to help the Eagles’ special teams and wide receiver corps. The 147th overall selection, Bloom had 24 receptions for an average of 19.1 yards per catch in two seasons at Colorado. He returned 47 punts at 13.5 yards per return and 25 kickoffs at 25.1 yards per return. He had five touchdowns of 75 yards or more.

Bloom finished in sixth place in moguls at the Torino Olympics and then went to the NFL scouting combine, where he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Bloom finished ninth at the Olympics in 2002.

— The Associated Press

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