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WR Kevin Curtis (Suzy Allman for The New York Times)

Kevin Curtis Has Sports Hernia Injury

The dreaded Sports Hernia has reared it’s ugly head again to the Eagles. Donovan McNabb, Sheldon Brown, and L.J. Smith have all suffered this injury, and now it has hit WR Kevin Curtis. Curtis got injured sometime during last weeks pre season game against the Carolina Panthers.

He is expected to undergo surgery to repair the injury tomorrow morning, and should be out of action for a while. Andy Reid would not give a specific time table for his return, but typically this injury keeps players out of action 3-6 weeks. The regular season starts in two and a half weeks, so this is going to carry over into the regular season. The best case scenario will have Kevin return week 2 against the Cowboys, but that could be a stretch. Realistically he probably will not return until the Steelers game in week 3 or the Bears game week 4.

Kevin Curtis was the Eagles leading receiver last season, and this is a pretty major blow to the team. The Eagles were already dealing with a hamstring injury to WR Reggie Brown, and now the Curtis injury puts both starting receivers on the shelf for now.

With Curtis out, the Eagles will likely use a rotation of Hank Baskett, DeSean Jackson, and Greg Lewis. None of them have the experience and talent of Curtis, but they should be able to get by with them for a while.

The biggest concern will be whether or not Curtis can play at a high level once he returns to action. Curtis will eventually be fine, but how long will it be until he is running full speed again? It will take at least 6 weeks, and possibly longer depending on how well he feels. If the affected area is painful or discomforting, he may not be the same for a large portion of the season.

Tags: Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears DeSean Jackson Donovan McNabb Greg Lewis Hank Baskett Kevin Curtis L.J. Smith Pittsburgh Sheldon Brown Sports Hernia

  • http://raisingzona.com AZScott

    I think Sports Hernia is a made up injury by Philadelphians.  Its a hernia.  I think we get the sports part LOL.  Hopefully he will get better soon.  I came this close to taking him in the fantasy league.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    A Sports Hernia is similar to a hernia, but they are different. A regular hernia is when part of your  lower intestine breaks through your abdominal wall. A sports hernia is when you have small abdominal muscle tears and it could also involve your lower abdominal muscle being torn off of your pelvic bone.

    I am not a doctor, but this is how it has been explained to me by medical experts.

    It does seem to be strange that so many Eagles end up with this injury that ten years ago did not even exist in medical books.

  • Love4DaStar

    hank baskett, greg lewis and jackson, Yuck!…I’m sorry but that sounds horrible…I did like the explanation between a hernia and a sports hernia though LOL

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Love – Do you remember TO’s first trip to the Linc as a Cowboy in 2006? The starting WRs were Reggie Brown, and Hank Baskett(only a rookie that year). The Eagles offense was as explosive as ever, and both starting WRs scored a touchdown.

  • Love4DaStar

    I know, its just that those names don’t really stand out, thats all…but yes I do remember that game…bad memories for me

  • mason

    AZScott is an idiot. I am a normal person and i had a sports hernia done by dr. meyers in philly. same doc as mcnabb.  Its actually called athletic pubalgia.  It wasnt a diagnosed injury ten years ago because this injury is so hard to diagnose.  I had to go to halfway across the country to have mine diagnosed and have surgery on.  I lived through the pain for 2 years, and let me tell you, it debilitated me.  I could not perform any sport activity at all because of the excruciating pain

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    sorry to hear that mason. that had to be tough.

  • pancho

    that sucks that kevin is injure because he is my favorite player