By Justin Adkins:
Eagles backup tight end Clay Harbor said he recently underwent sports hernia surgery, via csnphilly.com.
The second year player says he will be ready for all offseason workouts if and when the offseason workouts actually begin.
Harbor claims he played most of his rookie campaign with the injury, a season in which he gained playing time as the season wore on and demonstrated flashes of future potential. The 6-3, 252 lb tight end actually played very little to start the season, consistently finding himself a healthy scratch through most of the first half. He later would start seeing the field fairly regularly, though he only ended up with a total of nine catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
So while his increase in playing time makes the injury sound less than serious, any condition requiring surgery, especially in the area of a hernia, is not a matter to be taken lightly. But that doesn’t mean Harbor is or was worried.
“When you’re out there, you just put it out of your mind and go play,” Harbor said. “But when the season was over, the doctors thought it was best to get it taken care of.”
Harbor said the procedure was performed by Drexel-based sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers, the same doctor who operated successfully to correct former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb’s own sports hernia injury. Dr. Meyers also performed the same surgery for other former Eagles, including buttery-fingered tight end LJ Smith and recent cancer survivor Kevin Curtis.
Normal recovery time from the surgery is 4-8 weeks, and Harbor is already able to walk without noticeable signs of discomfort. He will continue to rehab at the Eagles’ Novacare facility up until the end of the league year on March 4th, at which time the current collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires. When that happens, Harbor and the rest of his teammates will be barred from further rehabbing or any other type of contact with the team until a new agreement is reached.
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