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August 20, 2008
by Robbie Gillies
Philadelphia fans are hearing two words that make them cringe. No, it's not front runners - it's "sports hernia."
The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that WR Kevin Curtis will have sports hernia surgery and be out a significant amount of time:
A reasonable timeframe probably would be six to eight weeks from the surgery, which Curtis told the Daily News will take place Thursday morning. The regular season starts Sept. 7. There is little chance the Eagles' leading 2007 receiver will be full-strength before October, at best.
Curtis finished last season with 77 receptions for 1,110 yards. Eagles fans are all too familiar with sports hernias, as Donovan McNabb was plagued by one throughout the 2005 season, eventually forcing him to shut it down for the year. The Eagles already had a weak receiving corp, and will now be without their number-one threat.
Their second-best wideout, Reggie Brown, is out with a hamstring injury (he pulled it in the Eagles preseason game against the Panthers last Thursday). The only bright side to these injuries is that rookie DeSean Jackson will get increased playing time, giving him a chance to mature quicker than most rookie wideouts.
Things were looking bright for the Eagles: McNabb seemed to be back in form and while their receivers aren't the best, Brown is a decent number two, Hank Baskett and Greg Lewis are serviceable, and DeSean Jackson has potential. But losing their most consistent threat could signal an end to the Donovan McNabb-era in Philly, with fans beginning to call for Kevin Kolb.