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FB Weaver Feeling Good, Focused On Opener

Fans logged on for our in-game chat here on Thursday night were frantic over the news that fullback Leonard Weaver had left the Colts game with a knee injury.

The first "true" fullback the Eagles have had in years, Weaver participated in Saturday morning's walkthrough and later said he feels good.

"I'm feeling real good right now," Weaver said.

Weaver sprained a knee ligament on the first offensive play from scrimmage when, the fullback said, his leg got caught up in some traffic with some linemen.

"I didn't think it was that bad," Weaver said. "When I jogged off the field I had a chance to feel what it was like and it was all right."

Given the multitude of injuries up front along the offensive line, the team could ill-afford an injury to its starting fullback, a position it addressed in free agency. And thankfully, his sprained MCL should not sideline Weaver for a significant length of time.

Weaver knows he is being counted on heavily because he adds another dimension to this offense. The young veteran is one of the better threats in the league at fullback, and his versatility is something the Eagles want to use to their full advantage.

"That's what they pay me to do and that's what I'm coming in to do. That's what my job is," Weaver said. "If that means I have to sit out for a little bit until the season starts, that's what I'm going to do. Whatever I have to do to make sure I'm ready for Week 1, that's what I'm going to do."

It's uncertain when Weaver will be back taking reps with the first-team offense and it's uncertain if he'll play Thursday night against Jacksonville in what is typically the final preseason tune-up for the starters. That being said, Weaver is focused on being health for the regular season opener in Carolina.

"Obviously, preseason is what it is. It's an opportunity for all of us to get timing, but it's also an opportunity for the young guys to be able to get in and play," Weaver said. "The most important thing right now is the season."

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 2:45 p.m., August 22

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