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.