We are now a few months removed from the last game played by the Philadelphia Eagles, which means we are still a few months away from training camp. The conclusion of the football season is when players with nagging injuries take the time to get their ailments addressed so that they can utilize the long offseason to rest, recover, and rehab. Then there are the injuries that occur in the offseason, like the case of LT Jason Peters, which are difficult because they allow less time for the player, as well as the team, to react and heal.
Here is an update on Eagles player injuries, and their prognosis for return in time for Lehigh and beyond.
S Colt Anderson:Anderson was placed on IR at the end of last season after he tore an ACL during the Eagles Week 13 loss to the Seahawks.
Prognosis: He will not take part in minicamps or OTAs this offseason.
TE Brent Celek: Had two procedures at one time in January–one to fix a sports hernia, and one for a torn labrum in his left hip.
Prognosis: Good to go. Andy Reid said that Celek will participate in OTAs and minicamps, but his reps will be limited, at least initially.
LB Jamar Chaney: Had a neck fusion surgery (think Peyton Manning). In February, Chaney said, “It’s coming along pretty good now. By the end of this month, maybe next month, I should be back to myself 100 percent.”
Prognosis: Will not see any official playing time until training camp at the earliest. Chaney may feel good to go, but that is not the stance of the team. As he recovers, he will undoubtedly closely observe the progress of rookie Mychal Kendricks, who will start at SAM in practices in OTAs and minicamps while Chaney recovers.
LB Moise Fokou:Fokou had surgery to address a high ankle sprain in December.
Prognosis: Reid says that Fokou will participate in OTAs and minicamps this offseason.
C Jason Kelce:Suffered a mild ankle sprain in Philadelphia’s season finale against Washington. He was on crutches for a time, but surgery was not required.
Prognosis: Good to go. Kelce will participate in OTAs and mincamps in offseason.
OT Jason Peters: The most signicicant injury suffered by a Philadelphia Eagle this offseason, at least in terms of impact to the team. Peters told his Achilles tendon, then re-injured it last week, requiring a second surgery.
Prognosis: Not great for the short or for the long-term. After the initial tear it was unlikely that Peters would play in 2012. Now it is all but certain, and major questions exist about Peters’ ability to ever fully recover from the injury.
DT Mike Patterson: After his collapse at training camp last August at training camp, Mike Patterson was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called AVM, which involves an abnormal tangling of blood vessels and arteries around the brain. Patterson had a 6-hour long surgery to address the condition, which included temporary removal of the bone in the area surrounding the abnormality in order to allow the malformation to be fixed.
Prognosis: Patterson will not take part in OTAs or minicamps in order to allow his injury to heal. He believes he will be ready to go in time for Lehigh. He is not worried about damage to his head. “You break bones in this game all the time, they’ll heal back eventually. I don’t think that it was a question in my mind [that] if I’m hit in that area again, that something is going to happen.”