Eagles place Olympian Bloom on IR

Updated: August 29, 2006, 5:20 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles placed fifth-round draft pick and former Olympian Jeremy Bloom on injured reserve Tuesday after he missed most of training camp with an injured hamstring.

Bloom was a burgeoning star at Colorado before his football career was put on hold by an NCAA ruling. In the fall of 2004, the NCAA said Bloom wasn't eligible for the football team because he accepted endorsements to keep his successful freestyle skiing career on track.

The 5-foot-9, 172-pound Bloom was picked to try and help the Eagles' special teams and wide receiver corps. The 147th overall selection, Bloom had 24 receptions for an average of 19.1 yards per catch in two seasons at Colorado. He returned 47 punts at 13.5 yards per return and 25 kickoffs at 25.1 yards per return. He had five touchdowns of 75 yards or more.

With the Eagles, Bloom returned two kickoffs for 45 yards in the preseason.

Bloom finished in sixth place on the moguls at the Torino Olympics and then went to the NFL scouting combine, where he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Bloom finished ninth at the Olympics.


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