Last Monday Philadelphia Eagles tackle Todd Herremans suffered a freak foot injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season. He was placed on the injured reserve last Wednesday with what head trainer Rick Burkholder calls "a very rare injury."
Herremans suffered a dislocated cuboid bone in his right foot along with a fractured fourth metatarsal, ligament damage, and a slight tendon strain in the game against the Saints. He was hurt in the first quarter of the Eagle's 28-13 loss at New Orleans when he got tangled up with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan while blocking for Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
Herremans underwent an X-ray, MRI and CT scan, which revealed the injuries. By Tuesday he had the bone popped back in place and his leg numbed. "You don't see this too often in football players. We're in the process of gathering second opinions to determine a course of action," Burkholder said Wednesday. "We're consulting with experts to determine the best course of action. But whether he has surgery or doesn't have surgery, Todd's going to miss a lot of time."
Burkholder contacted the Kansas City Chiefs, whose running back Larry Johnson suffered the same injury in 2007. Johnson's career was never the same, but Burkholder believes that Herremans will make a full recovery. "With eight weeks left in the season and playoffs, it's not possible for him to play this season. We want to be very conservative with this and take it slow," said Burkholder.
Herremans will be in a walking boot for a minimum of eight weeks. His spot on the roster was filled by promoting guard/center Julian Vandervelde from the practice squad.
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