MINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off their first practice of Super Bowl week with a typical Wednesday session and concluded it by singing “Happy Birthday” to their coach.

Everyone except defensive tackle Tim Jernigan participated in practice, according to a pool report. Jernigan has an illness that coach Doug Pederson said is a “24-hour deal.”

Practice, held indoors at the University of Minnesota’s Gibson-Nagurski Complex, stopped for 30 minutes to simulate Sunday’s halftime events, giving players a chance to see what it’s like to restart after a layoff.

Pederson celebrated his 50th birthday by getting his team ready to face the New England Patriots. He’ll spend the night in meetings with coaches.


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