Abiamiri's Injury Much Bigger Deal Than Let On
By Lance Epstein
According to Philadelphia Eagles head trainer Rick Burkhalter, defensive end Victor Abiamiri had microfracture knee surgery on Feb. 9. Even worse news for Eagles fans, Dr. James Andrews preformed the surgery and any time he is involved the news is not going to be particularly good.
Abiamiri went to see Dr. Andrews to just have his knee scoped when Dr. Andrews noticed a more alarming issue with his knee. Unfortunately for Abiamiri, he needed a more sever surgery, which will have him sideline for quite a while. The injury occurred against the Oakland Raiders when he took a shot to the knee and missed the next three games, but then played through the pain for the rest of the season.
"I know that I've been hurt a lot since I've been here," Abiamiri said. "When I got hurt during the season, I was like, 'I'm just going to play through it.' It was bothering me through the season, but I figured I'd get it fixed at the end of the season. And I did. It's just that the amount of the time it takes for it to heal up is pretty extensive."
Burkhalter told the media that the former 2007 second-round pick is not expected to start running until six months after the surgery, but with his age he has a good chance of fully recovering.
"It's a big injury," Burkhalter said. "It's knocked some guys out of playing, but plenty of people have come back and played, too. He's got youth on his side."
What this means is that Abiamiri might not be able to run until a couple of days before the Eagles kickoff the 2010-11 season in September, let alone play in a game. Abiamiri, 24, has had multiple injuries over his tenure with the club, but this one looks to be knocking him out of the first month of the season and could even end his playing career.
"I've been doing what they've been telling me to do," Abiamiri said. "It's a tough process to go through, but all you can do is take it day to day."
Since coming in the league in 2007, Abiamiri has shown never played a full season and it does not appear like he is going to start this season. However, this injury is much more doom and gloom and is potentially threatening to his long-term future with the club than his dislocated wrist, back injury and his minor Lisfrance foot sprain.
Last week, Eagles fans question why the club decided to take three defensive ends in this year's draft with Brandon Graham, Ricky Sapp and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, but now it is beginning to show why they went with that idea. Even if Abiamiri recovers from the injury, there is no telling whether he will ever be the player he was or the Eagles thought he could be. Furthermore, athletes such as Amare Stoudemire needed a full year to be at 100 percent.
For Abiamiri, it is a shame that his season might be over before it started, but right now his career with the franchise might be even worse. Especially with young and relentless pass rushers being added into the fold.