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Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles catches a ball during an NFL football training camp in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Eagles won’t be practicing with another team during training camp this summer.

Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday there will not be any joint practices with any of the four teams — Pittsburgh, New England, Cleveland, New York Jets — they are scheduled to face in the preseason.

“Because,” Pederson said before Wednesday’s minicamp workout at the NovaCare Complex.

There had been speculation the Eagles would practice with the Patriots in New England leading up to their preseason meeting on Aug. 16.

Last preseason, the Eagles hosted the Miami Dolphins for a series of workouts at the NovaCare Complex. The Eagles were so impressed with then-Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi’s performance during those workouts they acquired him in a trade Oct. 31 in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Ajayi rushed for 408 yards and a touchdown on 70 carries (5.8 yards per carry) for the Eagles in seven regular-season games. He gained 184 yards on 42 carries (4.4) during the postseason in helping the Eagles win their first championship since 1960.

Missing out on the Super Bowl was one of the reasons tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles chose to return this season instead of retire.

Peters tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee against Washington on Oct. 23. Sproles suffered a torn left ACL and broken right forearm against the New York Giants on Sept. 24.

“If I had retired after the way I went out last year, I feel like it wouldn’t have been right for me,” Sproles said Tuesday. “I didn’t want to go out like that.”

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