Oh That Pesky Knee Swelling

I love listening to Andy Reid talk about injuries. He’s not overly clinical and usually breaks it down in terms even the dumbest blogger can understand. For example, McNabb‘s busted rib getting “sticky” painted quite the image.

Yesterday, Reid went into great detail on the subject of knee swelling. Kevin Curtis has been dealing with the dreaded knee swelling for the last two months. He’s working through it and allegedly getting better, but we’ve heard this before from Reid.

Brian Westbrook battled an inflamed knee for the majority of the 2008 campaign. It caused him to miss practice on a weekly basis and prevented him from cutting and exploding in games. Reid would give his stock “he’s getting better” speech at every press conference. Well, Westy’s knee never did improve until he had offseason surgery to clean it out.

I think it’s safe to assume Kevin Curtis is in the same boat in ’09. His balky knee isn’t responding to rest and treatment. He’s missing practice and contributing very little in games. The knee swelling isn’t going away. It seems a surgical procedure is in his future.

Ironically, it was knee swelling that ended Jeremiah Trotter‘s career in 2007. Trotter is confident he will be able to hold up. After listening to Reid speak at length about Trotter’s knee, I do feel better about the signing.

Apparently, the coaches put Trot through a series of rigorous workouts during the last two weeks. Running, cutting, starting, stopping, you name it, Trotter did it. So far, so good. If this trend continues, we can expect the Axe Man to see the field often.

Maybe, just maybe, Trotter has some magic left in those creaky legs. As long as that pesky knee swelling stays away.

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