PHILADELPHIA - Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos didn't hesitate Monday.

After spending a few minutes warming up with place-kicker Alex Henery and punters Donnie Jones and Brad Wing before the team began its open workout at Lincoln Financial Field, Dorenbos' wander over to the 250 members of the United States Armed Forces who were were standing on the sideline as part of Military Day.

He soon had soldiers running patterns on the field. Finally, one guy hauled in a 20-yarder, sprinted into the end zone, and broke into a quick version of the "Funky Chicken" while the other military personnel cheered.

"They do so much for our country that it's the least I could do for them," Dorenbos said. "It's life-and-death situations for them a lot of the time, so anything I can do to repay them for protecting us, I'll do.

"They really seemed to enjoy themselves out there. I know I would be in awe if I was visiting them on an aircraft carrier or something, so I can imagine they felt the same way about being on the field with us."

Members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy watched the players and coaches go through some drills from the sideline, then joined them for the playing of the National Anthem before heading into the stands for the rest of practice.

Afterward, they headed to the West Gate section of the stadium, where players such as defensive end Vinny Curry, rookie defensive tackle Bennie Logan and guard Evan Mathis signed autographs.

"I was one of the people who caught a pass from Jon and that was awesome," said Curt Smith, a native of Berwick, Pa. who is serving as a Seaman on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mako stationed in Cape May. "I was hoping to meet (Eagles running back) LeSean McCoy because I sort've played against him in high school, but I didn't get the chance.

"I played for Berwick High School when he was at Bishop McDevitt (in Harrisburg, Pa.). We played them in the regular season and the playoffs, but LeSean had a broken leg and didn't play. They still beat us, though. His backup ran for over 200 yards against us."

EXTRA POINTS: C Jason Kelce (sprained ankle) and McCoy (sore knee) both were hurt in Monday's practice and are listed as day to day.

The Eagles will practice against the Patriots tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at the NovaCare Complex in preparation for their preseason game at the Linc on Friday.

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