May 18–Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links looks at the long list of players who have undergone surgical procedures this offseason and more on a potential White House visit.
Earlier this week, ESPN reported defensive end Brandon Graham, one of the many heroes of Super Bowl LII, had ankle surgery, which will keep him out until training camp. A couple days before that, PhillyVoice reported defensive end Derek Barnett had sports hernia surgery. Those were the latest surgeries in what’s been a busy offseason for the Eagles on the medical front.
Around 10 Eagles have had surgery since the beginning of last season, according to ESPN and PhillyVoice: wide receiver Graham, Barnett, Alshon Jeffery, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, safety Malcolm Jenkins, quarterback Carson Wentz, left tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks and safety Chris Maragos.
Some of the surgeries came from acute injuries, like Wentz, Peters and Sproles tearing knee ligaments, while other players needed surgery after playing through injuries, like Jeffery and Graham. Now the goal for the Eagles is to have those players through rehab and ready for training camp.
Elsewhere, 6abc reported the Eagles have an invitation to visit the White House on June 5, and Philly.com’s Zach Berman reported the White House confirmed the invite. The Eagles and White House had previously been in contract about a visit.
The prospect of an Eagles White House visit has been a contentious topic, given various players’ involvement in social justice causes and President Donald Trump’s comments about NFL players who demonstrated during the national anthem.
Jenkins and wide receiver Torrey Smith, now with the Carolina Panthers, both said they wouldn’t accept an invitation. On Thursday, Jenkins told Fox29 he still doesn’t plan to attend a White House visit, but he expects to be in Washington with other teammates.
Defensive end Chris Long previously said he wouldn’t attend, while running back LeGarrette Blount, now with the Detroit Lions, didn’t attend a visit in 2017 after the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI. It will be worth watching which other Eagles make their intentions known.
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