Eagles Notes: Teammates honor Kelce for courage

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, right, and Jason Kelce celebrate after a two-point conversion during the second half against the Lions. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, right, and Jason Kelce celebrate after a two-point conversion during the second half against the Lions. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Posted: December 12, 2013

Center Jason Kelce was named the Eagles' winner of the Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday after voting by teammates.

Kelce was recognized after his recovery from a serious right knee injury last season. He suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"The biggest part is it's voted on by your teammates, so it shows they have a certain amount of respect and understanding about the way the season went last year," Kelce said. "It was a tough season. It feels good to know they all understood that and respected how I went about my business."

Kelce was hurt in Week 2 last season. He returned to the field this summer and has started all 13 games this season.

"This is his third year in the NFL, and if you met him, you would think it's his 11th or 12th, just the way he carries himself," quarterback Nick Foles said. "That beard makes him look a little older. That injury he had last year, he was looking for a big year, making all the calls. He was really the heart and soul of the offensive line; it all starts with him."

Kelce will be honored along with the winners from the other 31 NFL teams at an offseason banquet in Baltimore. Block was a trainer for the Baltimore Colts who served as an Army officer in World War II.

The award has been presented since 1984. It went to Colt Anderson last season, Mike Patterson in 2011, Jason Avant in 2010, and Michael Vick in 2009.

Wolff returns

Safety Earl Wolff returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday. Wolff had not practiced since he injured his knee on Nov. 10.

Wolff did some individual drills and worked on the side during team drills. He said he planned to increase his activity as the week progresses. Wolff said he will know whether he can play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday by how well he handles Saturday's practice.

Linebacker Najee Goode continued to miss practice with a hamstring injury. All of the other players appeared to work out. The Eagles do not release an injury report on Tuesdays.

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