Sports Hernia strikes AGAIN!!!!




            Darren Howard has become the latest victim of our infamous sports hernia cases in Philly. This thing is starting to spread faster than swine flu! Foos05 wrote an article a few months ago on this same topic. Since then Darren Howard has become the latest victim and Kevin Curtis has had to undergo another surgery to completely fix his hernia. Here is the article written by foos05 on the sports hernia which tells you about all of the other Eagles who have came into contact with the Philly swine flu.....

                                Sports Hernia: What's the Deal? foos05

I was reading part two of Spadaro's interview with Andy Reid on this morning.  Just like part one, it was some pretty vanilla stuff covering issues that we already know existed.  Of course, a question about the quality of our wide receivers popped up.  Andy gave a very general answer, as always, and that's fine.  The one aspect of his answer that stood out to me was the way he addressed Jason Avant.  He seems to be very high on young Jason, and I can understand why.  However, the part that stood out was the mention of Avant having sports hernia last year.  This hit me a little bit, as I was unaware of it.

We should all know what sports hernia is at this point, but if you don't, it's a situation that occurs in the lower abdomen.  The muscles or tendons in the lower wall weaken and allow a pouch to form.  As we should all know by now, the treatement for this is surgery.  Depending on the severity, surgery can be a simple snip and sew situation, or in McNabb's and Curtis' case, meshing is inserted to strengthen the area.

The recovery period from this type of injury is about six to eight weeks, but in all honesty, full recovery can take almost twice as long.  To be honest, I don't think I ever heard of this type of injury until McNabb, and now it seems like we see atleast one player every year on the Eagles wtih it, but I don't see the same trend around the NFL.  Since 2005, McNabb, LJ Smith, Curtis, and now Avant have had this surgery.  Seems odd that there's such a large concentration here and not everywhere else.

 Now on the most recent cases of Darren Howard, and Kevin Curtis (for the second time)  here are two articles documenting their contact with the virus.....

-- Darren Howard Healthy --
Wed May 6, 2009 --from

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports it appears Eagles DL Darren Howard has recovered from January surgery to repair a sports hernia. He participated in all five practices over the weekend without a problem.

-- Kevin Curtis to be Ready in June --
Sat May 2, 2009 --from

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Eagles WR Kevin Curtis (sports hernia surgery) sat out the first day of the Eagles' minicamp Friday and won't practice at least until next month's voluntary workouts as he recovers from sports hernia surgery performed last month. In August, Curtis had initial surgery to partially correct the injury. He missed the first six games of the season and returned by late October. But off-season rehabilitation didn't fully heal the problem, and Curtis went under the knife on April 15. "It's been a couple of weeks, and it feels really good," Curtis said. "I'm sure I'll be ready in June."

 So what is going on here????????? I read NFL news on a daily basis and I honestly have seen more cases in Philly alone than the entire NFL combined ! So there is obviously a problem here whether it be the training or the conditiong. For the past few years many people have expressed their desire for changes in the front office. Maybe its not the front office that needs an overhaul, its begining to look more like our Physical Training staff needs to be replaced ! Thoughts or concerns anyone? This is a real danger for our team year in and year out and it can strike at anytime. We need a vaccination fast before our younger players become infected!



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