The team said it was optimistic the injury is not career
"We're told it [the bullet] didn't hit any major organs, and
that's a plus," Eagles coach Andy Reid said.
McDougle, who played at the University of Miami and is a South
Florida native, had been scheduled to be in the team's camp Monday,
the reporting date for Eagles' veterans. Rookies reported Friday.
Police said the confrontation started when three armed robbers
approached the 27-year-old McDougle in his silver Mercedes coupe
late Thursday in southwest Miami.
With their faces covered, the suspects demanded that he hand
over his property, then one of them shot McDougle in the stomach,
police said. Police said the robbers weren't didn't say what
property they wanted.
McDougle opened the door and tried to get out of the car, but
another robber fired two shots, which police said missed him and
hit the inside of the door.
The robbers, who police said were likely teens, fled on foot and
remain at large. It wasn't clear whether McDougle was in his car or
near it when he was approached, police said.
McDougle was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder
Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery.
Joining McDougle at the hospital Friday was his older brother,
Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Stockar McDougle, who has been
excused from practice. Dolphins coach Nick Saban said he didn't
know exactly how long Stockar McDougle would miss practice, but the
six-year veteran would have some leeway.
"His personal family situation comes before what's going on
here," Saban said.
Jerome McDougle was a first-round pick in 2003, but has been
plagued with injuries in Philadelphia. In two seasons, he had 18
tackles in 19 games, including two sacks.
In Albany, N.Y., where the New York Giants reported for training camp Friday, McDougle's former Miami teammate, Jeremy Shockey, said
he it's not uncommon for Miami players, or other athletes, to be
targets in tough neighborhoods.
"You've just got to be careful where you go and what you [are]
seen wearing and everything like that. ... I don't really wear
jewelry. I don't really dress up with diamonds. I try to stay out
of bad neighborhoods," Shockey said.