PHILADELPHIA – Josh Huff will play Sunday against the Giants, less than a week after the Eagles’ receiver and kick returner was arrested with a gun, hollow point bullets and weed in his car.
Huff was pulled over for speeding while crossing the Walt Whitman Bridge into Camden Tuesday morning. He was at practice Wednesday after he was busted with the infamous “cop killer” bullets and drugs and the team has no plans to immediately discipline him until more details emerge.
“Obviously disappointed,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “It’s not what you want on a player day off to see that happen. He and I spoke privately about it and it’s one of the things I talk about all the time: you want to eliminate distractions and take care of your business outside the building.”
Huff watched film of Sunday night’s overtime loss to the Cowboys at the Eagles South Philly training complex prior to the arrest.
Pederson said Huff expressed remorse about the incident in a private conversation between the two. The coach also said he wants to get more information about the incident before disciplining the 25 year old.
Through seven games, Huff has 13 catches and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD two weeks ago against the Vikings, earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Perhaps if he were a scrub, he might not be back on the field so soon.
This is not the first time Pederson’s had to deal with players having brushes with the law. Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested in October during the team’s bye week at Miami International Airport when he tried to bring a gun on a flight back to Philly. He’s played in all seven games this season.
Bradham recently pleaded not guilty for the incident and has said he “forgot” the licensed pistol was in his bag before trying to board. He was also accused of assaulting a Miami hotel employee in a separate incident in July and that trial is scheduled for January.
Receiver Nelson Agholor was also accused of sexual assault by a dancer at a South Philly strip club in June.
Off-field incidents are piling up under Pederson’s watch and create the perception the Eagles are out of control under the first-year coach, who spent the majority of his Wednesday press conference talking about weapons unrelated to those he’ll face against the Giants.
“It’s kind of like you’re the father of your house and you just have to keep talking to your siblings and your kids and just keep reiterating the importance of what you represent, who you represent,” Pederson said. “You represent your family and the Philadelphia Eagles and you have to make smart choices.”
Pederson said he has not heard from the NFL about the Huff arrest yet.
“I just need to hear officially, through an investigation, what took place,” Pederson said of his decision to let Huff play. “I want to see exactly what happened, maybe talk to some people and find out. It’s outside the building and it’s out of our control.”
After starting the year 3-0, the Eagles are mired in a 1-3 slide and have yet to win a game against a division foe, making Sunday’s tilt at MetLife a must-win in their eyes.
“I think the emphasis is greater, for sure,” Pederson said. “Teams that want to make the postseason obviously have to handle their division and right now we put ourselves in a little bit of a hole. So, yeah, the importance of winning this game is probably a must for us in the division.”
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