Agent: David Akers wasn't distracted

Updated: January 10, 2011, 11:27 AM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- David Akers' agent dismissed claims that his client was distracted by off-the-field issues when he missed two crucial field goals in the Eagles' playoff loss Sunday.

Eagles safety Quintin Mikell suggested after the game that Akers was distracted due to a private matter. Akers' agent, Jerrold Colton, told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that's not so.

"It's nothing major," Colton told ESPN. "David is not using anything going on in his life as an excuse for those two misses. It's a private family health concern and we hope nothing major." Colton would not be more specific.

Mikell hinted at Akers' off-the-field issues on Sunday, crediting his teammate for playing despite the kicker's issues.

"I don't want to put him out there, but he's been going through a lot this week. He has some stuff going on. And for him to even be out here was big. He fought through a lot [Sunday] and this week," Mikell told reporters after the game.

Akers missed field goals of 41 and 34 yards in the Eagles' 21-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"We can all count, and those points would have helped," Eagles coach Andy Reid said after the game.

Akers, who is going to the Pro Bowl, is a free agent in 2011.

"I just don't want to hurt [my team]. Any opportunity I go out there, I want to do well for them. I really feel bad for my teammates, coaches, the organization and all that," Akers told reporters after the game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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