Eagles who played through serious injuries in Super Bowl season
Graham on Thursday revealed that in addition to a high ankle sprain that eventually needed surgery, he also suffered a pulled hamstring in Super Bowl LII. Graham said he pulled the hammy by overcompensating for the ankle injury (see story).
But Graham wasn’t the only Eagles player who played through pain during the 2017 season. There are likely plenty of players who were injured that we’ll never know about.
Jeffery played the entire season with a torn rotator cuff. He started all 19 games. That’s insane, especially for a receiver. He still caught 12 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the playoffs. After the season was over, Jeffery had surgery and isn’t back at practice yet. The hope is that Jeffery is ready to go Week 1, but don’t expect to see him practicing in training camp or playing in preseason games.
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The Eagles’ rookie needed sports hernia surgery after the season, according to a report from Philly Voice. Barnett had five sacks as a rookie and recovered that key fumble in the Super Bowl.
Barnett has already been back as a full participant in practice, so he won’t miss any regular-season time because of the injury.
After the Super Bowl, Kendricks had surgery on his ankle that he said was just a cleanout. He’s now a Cleveland Brown, but Kendricks played a huge role with the Eagles last season, stepping into a larger role when Jordan Hicks went down with an Achilles tear. He started all three playoff games, including Super Bowl LII.
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Wentz wasn’t able to play long on his torn ACL and LCL. But he did throw a touchdown pass on that bum knee in Los Angeles before he left the game. With something obviously wrong, Wentz delivered a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery on Dec. 10 before walking into the locker room as his season was over. That means Wentz threw a touchdown pass with a torn ACL and Jeffery caught it with a torn rotator cuff.