Eagles Notes: Charges against Eagles' Lewis will be dropped

Posted: July 25, 2012

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Charges against Eagles running back Dion Lewis after he and his older brother, Lamar, allegedly pulled a fire alarm at an Albany, N.Y., hotel will be dismissed in six months as long as both remain out of trouble.

Lewis' attorney, Craig Crist, who was in Albany for the court hearing Monday with his client, confirmed the pending dismissal. The Lewises were charged with felony counts for falsely reporting a fire and misdemeanor counts for resisting arrest.

Lewis, 21, and his brother, Lamar, 35, were arrested July 8 after police said they tried to knock down the glass doors of the lobby at a Hampton Inn, and then pulled an alarm after they were not permitted entry by hotel security.

The Albany district attorney said in court that charges were dismissed because there was no evidence that the alarm was pulled, according to the Albany Times Union.

"I want to thank both my family and the Eagles for their support and for believing in me," Lewis said in a statement released by the Eagles. "I am grateful that the case is being dismissed and that the truth is coming out. No crime was committed. I look forward to the upcoming season."

Lewis, a second-year tailback who is expected to back up starter LeSean McCoy this season, is due to arrive at Lehigh University for the start of training camp Wednesday along with the rest of the veterans.

Shiancoe to visit

Free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will visit the Eagles on Tuesday, according to NFL sources.

The 32-year-old Shiancoe last played for the Vikings from 2007 to '11, and before that for the New York Giants from 2003 to '06. He hasn't missed a game in nine seasons. In New York, he was mostly a blocking tight end, but in five seasons in Minnesota he averaged 42 catches and 485 yards receiving.

In 2009, he caught 11 touchdowns passes - all in the red zone.

Clay Harbor enters camp as the backup to starter Brent Celek at tight end, but his spot isn't guaranteed. Brett Brackett, who spent part of last season on the practice squad, is expected to compete with Harbor.

Bringing Shiancoe in could push both tight ends.

Punters tryout

The Eagles worked out four veteran punters.

The punters were Brad Maynard, who has played for the Giants, Bears, and Browns; Mat McBriar, a former Cowboys standout; Chris Bryan, who played in Tampa Bay; and Jason Baker, who played for six teams, including the Eagles.

The Eagles are expected to sign one to provide competition to Chas Henry, who is entering his second season. 

McBriar and Bryan are both Australian, and McBriar was a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2010. Baker and Maynard are established veterans with more than 2,000 combined punts in the NFL. 

Extra points

Defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, whom the Eagles acquired in a trade with the Colts on Sunday, was at camp and practiced in the afternoon. . . . Dallas Reynolds, who has spent parts of the last three seasons on the practice squad, reported early for camp and has taken most of the repetitions at center. . . . Linebacker Keenan Clayton also reported early for camp. He missed spring practices because of sports hernia surgery, but is healthy now.


Contact Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745, jmclane@phillynews.com or on Twitter @Jeff_McLane.

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