Rosenhaus said Dr. John Uribe's surgery on Kearse yesterday found far less damage than feared. Rosenhaus said the Eagles did not err in putting Kearse on injured reserve, given the 12-to-16-week recovery period Uribe estimates, but he said the defensive end should be a full participant in minicamps and training camp next year. Previous reports, based on the Eagles' findings that three of Kearse's four knee ligaments were strained, had speculated that the injury could be career-threatening, and that Kearse faced a more lengthy rehab.
'Jevon was in real good spirits about it,' Rosenhaus said. 'Things went very well today; Dr. Uribe was very happy.'
The Eagles confirmed yesterday that Kearse was undergoing surgery but did not issue a statement when the procedure was complete. An Eagles spokesman could not be reached for comment last night.
Uribe, based in Coral Gables, Fla., and known for his reconstruction of the left knee of Rosenhaus client Willis McGahee, now of the Buffalo Bills, also repaired the rotator cuff of former Eagles center Hank Fraley last spring. Rosenhaus said Uribe repaired but did not remove meniscus cartilage. He said Uribe found Kearse had a fractured tibia, which did not require surgery, and partial tears of his posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments that Uribe felt would heal on their own.
This is obviously great news. Not just for the Eagles, but for Jevon himself. He was off to one of the best starts of his career and it was awful to see him get hurt when he was in such a groove.
I've even seen some articles that said he could have returned late this year had he not been put on IR. This is obviously in contrast to the awful reporting done by Jay Glazer just 4 days ago...
Apparently Glazer must have mistaken Kearse's injury report with that of someone who was hit in the knee by a mortar...