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Injuries Too Much For Eagles To Overcome

In an injury-riddled season opening loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon, quarterback Kevin Kolb was just one of many key Eagles players that finished the game in the training room.

Kolb suffered an injury on a hit from behind by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter. He re-entered the game for the final offensive series in the first half, but was ultimately pulled after being diagnosed with a concussion at halftime.

Also lost to a concussion was middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, who struggled getting off the field after he and fellow linebacker Ernie Sims collided late in the second quarter. Bradley returned to action shortly but, like Kolb, he didn't return to the field after halftime. Head coach Andy Reid said both players seemed fine on the sidelines in the immediate aftermath, but began to feel symptoms as time went on.

"Well, they were fine," Reid said after the game. "All the questions they answered and the things they did with the docs registered well. Then as it went on they weren't feeling well so we took them out."

But the injuries didn't stop there. Fullback Leonard Weaver and center Jamaal Jackson were also taken to the locker room in what became a devastating second quarter for the Eagles.

Weaver took a Kevin Kolb handoff up the middle early in the second quarter, and stayed on the turf in obvious pain. Replays showed a gruesome picture of Weaver's knee bending backwards, and the early prognosis is a torn ACL in his left knee, according to Reid. If that holds true, he will all but certainly be lost for the season. Reid acknowledged the loss of a key player on and off the field.

"He's a phenomenal guy, a phenomenal player and a phenomenal guy," Reid said. "That was a very ugly injury, the way I saw it from the sideline… (the knee) got hyperextended a bit."

Jamaal Jackson met a similar fate just four minutes later, as he injured his arm on a Mike Bell carry up the middle. Reid said postgame that Jackson appears to have a torn bicep, but like Weaver, will undergo an MRI Monday morning. As it stands, the forecast for Jackson isn't promising.

"If it's torn, you're probably out for the year," Reid said following Sunday's loss.

It is still unclear how long both Kolb and Bradley will be out. But one thing is for certain in Reid's mind, at least as he sat at the podium after the game. When asked if Kevin Kolb would be the starter if healthy, Reid replied with a one-word answer.


-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 9:24 p.m., September 12

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