Big things are expected for defensive end Victor Abiamiri in his third year with the Eagles. The former second-round pick had a pair of sacks in the last five regular season games and one sack in two playoff appearances last year. However, a strained pec suffered while bench pressing kept him from taking part in the Lehigh University portion of training camp and the first preseason game.
But the coaches still have faith in the 6-4, 267-pound end as he was listed as the No. 1 left defensive end of the team's official depth chart when it was first released prior to the Patriots game. Abiamiri returned to the practice field this week and got his first work in pads during a grueling two-hour practice in the 90-degree heat on Monday.
For Abiamiri, he feels that the "true test" for him will be suiting up for the Eagles' second preseason game tomorrow night against the Colts (8 PM, FOX).
"It should be a true test to see where I'm at and how far I have to go," Abiamiri said.
While Abiamiri can't get back those lost practice reps, he is certain that he can make up for lost time before the regular season opener against the Panthers on Sept. 13.
"I think I have enough time to make up for it," Abiamiri said. "I am a little bit behind in terms of getting the hits out of the way, conditioning wise. But I have some time to get ready in these last three preseason games and the month to go before the season."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:33 a.m., August 19