Ritchie surgery called success

Posted: October 06, 2004

Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the team said.

Team physicians Peter DeLuca and Paul Marchetto performed the surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Ritchie, 30, who was injured in the 30-13 win over Detroit on Sept. 26, will be lost for the remainder of the season.

Although he had no rushing attempts, he had four catches for 36 yards in the Eagles' first three games. He was used primarily as a blocking back.

Through the week after his injury, Ritchie was a constant presence on the practice field and in the locker room.

Josh Parry, who replaced him, made his first NFL start on Sunday against Chicago, but had no carries or receptions.

Contact staff writer Shannon Ryan at 610-313-8097 or sryan@phillynews.com.

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