Yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles made it known that TE James Casey, their brand-new 2013 free agent signing, underwent arthroscopic surgery earlier this week in an effort to clean out loose and damaged cartilage from his right knee.
After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Houston Texans as a tight end/fullback, Casey signed on with the Eagles as a free agent almost immediately after the FA signing period began. Casey received a three-year deal that is worth up to $14.6 million.
While it is never comforting to see an athlete undergo surgery, especially so soon after a new contract, I don’t think that Eagles’ fans should get too bent out of shape just yet.
In Casey’s first four NFL seasons he has only missed a total of three games, and has proved to be incredibly durable. This durability is even more impressive for a player like Casey who plays multiple positions, considering he is constantly lining up in different stances and executing different maneuvers.
Along with Casey, the Eagles have plenty of competition at the tight end spot this off-season as Brent Celek and Clay Harbor remain Birds to date, and former Stanford University TE Zach Ertz was also brought aboard with the Eagles’ second-round pick in April’s 2013 NFL Draft. The Eagles also signed TE Will Shaw this week after releasing free-agent rookie RB Miguel Maysonet.
Casey will miss the remainder of the Eagles’ 2013 organized team activities (OTAs), but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.
Using Casey’s injury-scarce track record as a template, I expect the massive, versatile and incredibly talented offensive weapon to be just fine throughout the Eagles’ 2013 campaign.
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