he’ll need to prove that he can stay out of trouble.

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There was cause for alarm earlier this month, when the linebacker injured his hand while on his honeymoon in Greece. The Eagles haven’t confirmed if his hand is actually broken, but even if it is, the team doesn’t expect Hicks to be out for more than four weeks, marking his return right around training camp.

Hicks is heading into the 2017 offseason with a leg up over previous years. For the first time in his career, he hasn’t had to incorporate significant rehab into his training. With his time and energy instead focused on improving on an already impressive year, Hicks is poised to break team and league records in the months ahead.

Tyler Ennis Limited Jersey Bell’s history of off-field trouble may have impacted the team’s approach to negotiating with him this offseason. He’s served two suspensions, one in each of the past two seasons, for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

Bell says he hasn’t smoked marijuana since 2014, and now that he’s in a contract year, he’ll need to prove that he can stay out of trouble.
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Injuries are the other concern with Bell, and one that he can’t necessarily control. He missed the first three games of his rookie season with a foot sprain, then missed the end of his third season after suffering a torn MCL. He just made his postseason debut last season, his fourth in the NFL, and then missed the bulk of the Steelers’ AFC Championship showdown with the Patriots due to a groin injury that required postseason surgery to repair.

— August 9, 2017

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