Eagles coach’s troubled son found dead at 29

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The Eagles practiced without their coach for the first time since 2007. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns.

“Today is one of life’s tough days,” Lurie said. “Andy is a rock solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. And today, he exhibited it all. It’s unimaginable. We’ve all suffered _ most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable.”

Expressions of sympathy came from everywhere around the league and across the sports world.

“We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time.”

Said Patriots coach Bill Belichick: “My heart goes out to him and his family.”

The Philadelphia Phillies held a moment of silence for Garrett Reid before their game against Arizona.

“I really feel for him,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “I’m going to send him a message that I’m sorry. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Andy.”

Andy Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence from the Eagles during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family.

Reid is in his 14th season in Philadelphia. He’s led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.

“We’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting.”

Roseman broke down in tears after announcing Garrett Reid’s death and was consoled by head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder.

Teammate Nnamdi Asomugha called the younger Reid “part of our football family, our extended family, our immediate family, so it’s a very tough time for us.”

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