It all started with one of the key players in the Philadelphia Eagles offense. Brian Westbrook had his knee surgery in the off season. Then it was followed out by a clean out procedure. While Westbrook is rehabbing his knee and ankle (which by the way, he told me, were coming along great [I had sideline passes courtesy of Dave Spadero]), other key players remain sidelined with injuries as well.
First we have our two bookend tackles: Jason Peters, who was signed to a lucritive deal this season, followed up with Shawn Andrews, our new right tackle. Both of whom have yet to practice completely with the new offensive line as a unit.
Let's move to the defensive side of the ball where we STILL have no OFFICIAL word on middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. Rumor is that he has a torn ACL and is out for the season. As if this wasn't a big enough hit for our defense, there is the added loss of Jim Johnson which surely will effect our players emotionally in some sense. We still have Ellis Hobbs suffering from a neck stinger and Trevor Laws is still rehabbing an injury as well and has yet to practice. I still haven't even mentioned the loss of Victor Aibimiri who was providing competition for the LDE spot! This loss isn't so bad, but with Juqua Parker facing possible penalties for drug possession, it could easily become problematic.
Coming back to the reason I am writing this article, TE Cornelius Ingram. He was an absolute stand-out at camp and a surefire redzone threat that the Eagles so coveted. He has been announced with an ACL tear in his left knee. The same knee he had surgically repaired last year and ended up missing an entire season at Florida with. He was projected as a first round talent before his injury and he certainly showed that talent in camp. This is heartbreaking as an Eagles fan to see our team coming up with a severe case of the injury bug.
All we can do as fans is hope that things work out for the best and wish a speedy recovery (a little Eagles chant wouldn't hurt either). I for one still expect a solid performance from the Eagles this year, bar any more injuries, especially to No. 5 (knock on wood). Let's hope the Eagles make a move to sign a quality TE out on the market. Good luck. Stay true Eagles fans.