PHILADELPHIA - Eagles Chip Kelly and the quarterbacks all said Wednesday that they will have no problem complying with the NFL's pace of play regulations.

An article in today Wall Street Journal indicated that NFL officials will not permit Kelly to run plays at the pace he did while at the University of Oregon.

Kelly said after practice today that they have every intention of abiding by the rules.

"It's really a non-issue with us," Kelly said. "I don't anticipate any problems whatsoever. I've already talked to the league and the officials will be here Thursday.

"We will abide by the rules. It's like if you're driving and the speed limit is 65. You may want to go 85, but if the cop is out there you're not going to go 85."

Kelly's offense is predicated on a speedy pace of play. The theory holds that the more plays an offense can run, the more opportunities you have to score.

But a center cannot snap the ball until the official has placed it on the ground and moved into position, which could slow things down.

"I don't think it will be a problem for us," Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said. "As soon as the ref gets out the way, game on."

EXTRA POINTS: Eagles tackle Jason Peters left practice early Wednesday with what team officials described as a "mild right hamstring" strain. ... Guard Todd Herremans (strained knee) returned to practice after missing Monday's workout. ... Cornerback Cary Williams (strained hamstring) was among the players who remained sidelined.


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