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Eagles fondly recalling coach's late son

Eagles players Nate Allen, right, and DeSean Jackson kneel in prayer before Sunday’s practice, shortly after the team found out that coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett had died.

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Eagles players Nate Allen, right, and DeSean Jackson kneel in prayer before Sunday’s practice, shortly after the team found out that coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett had died.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Garrett Reid was a "happy-go-lucky" guy who conquered drug addiction, loved being in the weight room and enjoyed making players laugh.

That's how many of the Philadelphia Eagles closest to Reid remembered their coach's oldest son, who was found dead Sunday morning in a dorm room at the club's Lehigh University training camp. Police said the 29-year-old's death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation.

"I spent plenty of time with him," guard Evan Mathis said Monday. "He was always in the weight room with us and was always on the field with us. He was a happy-go-lucky guy and always a joy to be around, always telling jokes and having fun. Really just brightened your day when you were around him."

Funeral services will be today.

Monday night Andy Reid, who has yet to address the media, issued a statement via the team.

"We loved Garrett so much. He was a wonderful son and brother. He made us laugh, he was a pleasure to be around, he always had a smile on his face, and we will miss him dearly," Andy Reid said.

Today is a scheduled day off, so the team is expected to join their coach at the funeral.

LEAGUE DENIES VILMA OFFER: The NFL calls a report it has offered a settlement and reduced suspension to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma "completely inaccurate." Vilma was suspended for the season for his role in the Saints bounty program, which he says did not exist. ESPN.com reported the league offered Vilma an eight-game suspension if he'd drop his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell.

NEW HOME FOR T.O.: The Seahawks agreed to terms with Terrell Owens after a tryout. Owens, 38, whose 15,923 receiving yards are second all-time to Jerry Rice, sat out 2011 and played briefly this summer for a minor-league indoor team.

FEMALE MILESTONE: With regular referees locked out, Shannon Eastin will become the first woman to officiate an NFL game when she works as a line judge for Thursday's Green Bay-San Diego preseason game.

BROWNS: In an expected move, coach Pat Shurmur named rookie Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback.

DOLPHINS: David Garrard was listed as the first-team quarterback ahead of Matt Moore and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill, but coach Joe Philbin said there was no guarantee Garrard would start Friday's preseason opener against the Bucs.

JAGUARS: Receiver Justin Blackmon agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $18.5 million, becoming the last first-round pick to reach a deal. He was chosen fifth overall.

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