Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Kelce explains why he kicked over a recycling bin at practice
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) looks on during practice at NFL football training camp, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
PHILADELPHIA — A few minutes into Philadelphia Eagles practice Thursday, center Jason Kelce ran toward a bottle-shaped recycling bin, kicked it with enough vigor to send it flying a few yards and stormed out of the team’s indoor facility.
As it turns out, Kelce wasn’t heated over an argument or furious about a long-term injury.
Instead, he took a cleat to the shin during a drill, which “hurts like a bitch in the moment,” he said, and reacted accordingly. He likened his outburst to a yard worker accidentally hammering his or her thumb and chucking the hammer across the yard.
“I’m an idiot,” Kelce said. “You’d think at 30 years old I’d be able to control myself a little better than that.”
Here’s the video of the incident…
Kelce destroys a recycling bin with a thunderous kick. pic.twitter.com/h1MABX4wuA
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 14, 2017
Kelce had been battling a sprained ankle the past few weeks, and several reporters speculated that he might have aggravated the injury after watching him limp around at practice. But Philadelphia’s seventh-year veteran offered assurance: He and his ankle feel fine. Kelce said the spikes he took to the shin won’t both him long-term but left a sharp pain for a few seconds.
Mystery solved: #Eagles center Jason Kelce said he’s plenty healthy but he kicked that trash can because someone cleated his shin in a drill and it “hurt like a bitch in the moment.” pic.twitter.com/LRVOqprwrs
— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) December 14, 2017
Kelce’s teammates seemed to have a bit of fun at his expense on Twitter.
Memorial service for the trash can will be held next Tuesday https://t.co/rDjB65VQp2
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) December 14, 2017
I don’t kick cans, I make money moves [?]
— Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) December 14, 2017
The Eagles don’t mind laughing at the scene, because their center is all right and will be available to play Sunday at the Giants barring any setbacks.