With Jim Washburn as the new sheriff in town on the defensive line, we knew this year at Eagles camp wasn't going to be for the feint of heart. Apparently, two Eagles had just had enough. According to several reports, defensive ends Ricky Sapp and Victor Abiamiri have left the team.
Abiamiri was actually injured once again and was seen walking around on crutches and in a boot. The team refused to talk about the injury, but after working all summer to rehab from his previous injuries it had to be very frustrating to get hurt again. He was probably not long for the roster anyway, but it is sad to see a young guy's career turn out that way. [Note by JasonB, 08/04/11 2:02 PM EDT ] Geoff Mosher reports that Abiamiri tore his Achilles.
As for Ricky Sapp, the Eagles fifth round pick form last year, he just up and left. Apparently he did the same thing last year and has now been placed on the Reserved/Left Squad list. Geoff Mosher talked to a teammate who said that Sapp had been complaining of knee pain and was frustrated. Oh well.
The Eagles have no shortage of defensive ends and neither Sapp nor Abiamiri figured for a big role, if any this year. However, there is some real concern at defensive tackle. With Mike Patterson's situation and the trade of Brodrick Bunkley, the situation there is kind of thin right now. Antonio Dixon, Cullen Jenkins and Trevor Laws seem to be the only locks to make the team at DT. If Mike Patterson can go, then they're four deep and probably in good shape... but without knowing that, it's a situation to watch.