Wide receiver Kevin Curtis underwent surgery Thursday to repair a sports hernia. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. Head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Curtis will "be out for a while," and offered no specific timetable on Curtis' recovery, other than that he expects Curtis to be back with the team during the regular season.
Curtis suffered the injury during last Friday's game against Carolina, and tried to play through it.
"We're trying to not wait and do that whole thing," Reid said. "We're trying to get on it. We've identified (the hernia) and it's the problem, and we're trying to get it taken care of."
Reggie Brown will miss his second consecutive preseason game with a hamstring strain. DeSean Jackson will start in Brown's spot Friday in New England, while Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett will rotate at Curtis' spot. Reid said the team currently had no interest in free agent wide receiver Joe Horn, and would not comment on trade possibilities.
The Eagles are no strangers to sports hernias, but there seems to be no trend for accurately diagnosing a recovery time for Curtis. Donovan McNabb missed the final seven games of the 2005 season after undergoing surgery for the injury. L.J. Smith was hampered with one in 2007. But, on the flip side, both Sheldon Brown and former running back Duce Staley played through the injury.
But Reid said each hernia is different, and must be treated as such.
"They're all different and we've found out over the years here that they all tear a little bit more than others and some are less than others. They've got to go in (for surgery),"" Reid said. ""You really go out and a player can function or can't function, and right now Kevin can't function. We know Kevin's a very tough guy, and he was trying but he was just not able to get open out there.""
On the considerably brighter side for the Eagles, Reid said guard Shawn Andrews will start on Friday.
Reid said Andrews has looked good in practice, but needs to get his chemistry down with his fellow linemen.
"You want continuity there, granted they've played together a long time," Reid said, "but they need to get in there and do it now, and that's what they are going to do."
Reid will also have a watchful eye on Tony Hunt, who will make his first start at fullback. But patience at the fullback competition is running a bit thin for Reid.
"If we like what we see then we'll give him a little bit more," he said. "If we don't, then we'll move on to something else."