By David Bagley
It seems as though each week a different Eagles’ player has his wings clipped, having their season cut short, by an ACL injury. As of today, Eagles training camp has reported that four Eagles players will be sidelined this season as a result of ACL injuries; receivers Jeremy Maclin & Arrelious Benn, linebacker Jason Phillips, and third-year backup transitioning outside linebacker Phillip Hunt. All four have had successful ACL surgery and are now on the long road to recovery; with slim prospects of returning to the field late this season.
The anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, is the ligament that connects the femur, thigh bone, to the tibia, shin bone, and prevents the tibia from sliding forward beneath the femur. Tearing of the ACL often occurs during heavy impact plays when the bones, femur and tibia, are strained and twist in opposite directions. For us mere mortals tearing of the ACL is a difficult task to accomplish, though for a NFL athlete this can prove all too easy to do.
NFL athletes are at a higher risk of tearing an ACL, in comparison to most other sports’ athletes, because of the heavy collisions and impacts that define the sport and fans love so …read more
Via: Eagles Faithful