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By The Sports Xchange August 5, 2012 6:30 PM
Lehigh University Chief of Police Edward Shupp said police responded to a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. regarding an unresponsive male. When they arrived on the scene, attempts to revive Garrett Reid had been made, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. Shupp said there was no sign of suspicious activity, and the investigation has been turned over to the coroner's office. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo led the team in practice Sunday, based on Reid's request. However, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he expects Reid to return to coach the team this week, according to NFL.com. The Eagles play their first preseason game on Thursday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. --- Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril ended his holdout by reporting to training camp on Sunday morning and signing his franchise tender, according to DetroitLions.com. Avril was designated the franchise tag of $10.6 million in March after he and the team could not agree on a long-term deal. The two sides continued to be far apart in negotiations at the July 16 deadline to get a new contract done, which forced Avril to play the 2012 season under the franchise tag. Avril led the team with 11 sacks and six forced fumbles last year. --An MRI revealed Saturday that Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne has a sprained MCL in his left knee. USA Today reported that the first-round pick could miss up to a week. Claiborne was pulled from practice Friday and could only watch the team's walkthrough practice in Oxnard, Calif., on Saturday. --Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Greg Childs is lost for the season after tearing both patella tendons in his knees after an awkward fall during practice Saturday night. Childs, a fourth round pick out of Arkansas, had a calf strain after the draft and was limited during organized team activities and minicamp. He also tore his right patella tendon in his right knee in 2010. --Denver Broncos running back Mario Fannin tore an Achilles tendon Saturday during the team's scrimmage, the Denver Post reported Sunday. The injury occurred nearly a year ago to the day when Fannin torn an ACL on Aug. 5, 2011, and missed all of last season. Fannin signed as an undrafted rookie last year after playing with Cam Newton for national champion Auburn. --Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap took a $1 million pay cut for the season, according to The SidelineView.com. Heap is at risk of losing his job to 2011 third round pick Rob Housler, with whom the Cardinals are reportedly impressed. NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk wrote that many veterans take pay cuts to increase their chances of staying with their respective teams. Heap's salary will drop from $2.15 million to $1.15 million this year. Heap is set to become a free agent after this season --Former New York Giants wide receiver Devin Thomas announced his retirement on Sunday. Thomas, 25, is perhaps best known for recovering two fumbles in the Giants' NFC championship game win over the San Francisco 49ers in January. Thomas was a second round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008. He was in Chicago Bears camp this season before abruptly calling it a career. He told the New York Daily News he has other goals in life. --Two days after quitting the team, Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Cole Beasley changed his mind and was headed back to the team's camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Sunday. The rookie out of Southern Methodist told coach Jason Garrett Friday he wanted to quit football, so he left camp and went back to Dallas. However, he was expected to return Sunday for the team's Blue-White scrimmage, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Beasley, just 5-foot-8, impressed the team with his competitiveness and receiving skills during offseason drills and rookie camp. The Star-Telegram reported that the Cowboys were surprised that Beasley abruptly quit but are happy he is coming back. ---Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins left training camp on Sunday to have his right shoulder examined, according to the team's official site. Jenkins had offseason shoulder surgery. He hasn't been cleared to play, and the team has offered no timetable for his return to the field. ---Ravens outside linebacker Sergio Kindle has a permanent loss of hearing in his left ear because of the fractured skull he sustained during the summer of 2010, and the Ravens are exploring the possibility of getting Kindle a helmet with a microphone in stalled in it so he can hear his teammates better, the Baltimore Sun reports.