Eagles' Curtis Out With Sports Hernia, Jackson's Workload Soon to Be Increased

Michoel BotwinickSenior Analyst IAugust 20, 2008

As if the Eagles' shoddy wide receiver corps wasn't bad enough already, it just received (no pun intended) it's biggest blow so far this off season with an injury to it's No. 1, Kevin Curtis.  Curtis, who sustained the sports hernia in last week's game against the Panthers, tried to play through the rest of that game and may not have felt the effects of his injury until earlier this week.

Curtis is scheduled to have surgery later this week, and Andy Reid said there was no timetable for a return.

"We're trying not to wait and do that whole thing," Reid said.  "We're trying to get on it.  We've identified (the hernia) and it's problem, and we're trying to get it taken care of."

It is estimated by personnel close to the situation that he could miss up to half a season, depending on the severity of the injury. 

While the Eagles' Duce Staley and Sheldon Brown both played through it, L.J. Smith and Donovan McNabb were both seriously affected.

"They're all different and we've found out over the years here that they all tear a little bit more than others and some are less than others. They've got to go in (for surgery)," Reid said. 

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The news came in the midst of yet another wide receiver buzz in Philly, this time involving Arizona's disgruntled star receiver Anquan Boldin.  Whatever the Eagles' actual interest in Boldin is, the case for acquiring him was certainly lent some credibility by Curtis's injury.

But earlier this morning, in response to a question about the Eagles' current wide receiver corps, Reid told reporters that the Eagles are still not actively looking into upgrading the position, either by means of free agency or by trade. However, the Eagles have been known to look into these things nonetheless, as shown earlier in this off season with Randy Moss.

The news and Reggie Brown's hamstring strain leaves the Eagles' wideouts looking like this for Friday's game against the Patriots:

No.1:  Greg Lewis, Hank Baskett (Previously fourth and fifth WRs)

No. 2: DeSean Jackson (Drafted, most likely a second WR)

No. 3: Jason Avant (Still a third WR)

However, Donovan McNabb is likelier to throw to his latest favorite receiver if this is how things shape up, his No. 2 guy, DeSean Jackson.

The point is, if Andy Reid's stance on the Eagles' wide receiver don't change soon, this is probably going to be the group of wide receivers entering the regular season (with the exception of Brown, who should be back sometime next week).  The mere though of it is depressing.

So either get ready for another mediocre season, or you better be hoping that #10 DeSean Jackson can step up and live up to everything he's hyped up to be.

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