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September 29, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The dilemma, for the Eagles and their quarterback, is obvious. Surgery would fix one of Donovan McNabb's injured body parts, but it also would sideline him for a sizable amount of time. The decision has been made. Play on. The burning question: How long and how effectively can the quarterback continue to play with what now has been officially diagnosed as a sports hernia? "This injury, I feel, is a minor setback," McNabb said yesterday. "It's not going to take me away from what I do. It's not going to stop me from going out and making plays with my legs and making plays with my arm. " McNabb, who also has severe chest and shin bruises, spent his day off Tuesday getting a second opinion on his abdominal injury from a doctor in Boston.
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July 6, 2012 | Ed Barkowitz
The term "sports hernia" is terribly misleading, says Dr. William Meyers, a leader in the field whose practice is headquartered at the Navy Yard. Meyers says the term "core muscle injury" is much more correct. "A person can tear any of the many muscles in the pelvis," he said. "Sometimes the tears cause instability of the pubic joint and the pain continues. There is no bulge, and hernia repair does not generally correct the problems. " — Ed Barkowitz
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October 28, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
All-Star forward Grant Hill is expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks after he has surgery for a sports hernia. Hill, the Orlando Magic's second-leading scorer last season, saw several specialists after he was pulled from the lineup Oct. 19. He is due to have surgery next week. "It's better than 3 to 6 months or 3 to 6 years," Hill said. He told reporters earlier that he suffered the lower abdominal injury a few weeks before training camp began Oct. 4. A sports hernia is different from a true hernia.
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August 9, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Before last night's series opener at Dodger Stadium, Charlie Manuel once again was asked about the performance of his offense, and he once again mentioned health as an important factor in the unit's up-and-down production. That point was reinforced a couple hours later, when general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. provided an update on third baseman Placido Polanco, who was diagnosed with a sports hernia after an MRI yesterday in Philadelphia. Polanco will receive a shot today and will be re-evaluated on Friday, at which point the Phillies will have a better idea whether the injury will require a disabled-list stint or even surgery.
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June 1, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles announced yesterday that tight end L.J. Smith underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a sports hernia, the same injury that eventually ended quarterback Donovan McNabb's 2005 season. Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract, will miss the team's final full-squad minicamp, which begins Tuesday and runs through June 14. The Eagles said his condition would be evaluated over the next several weeks to determine whether he will be ready for training camp. The Eagles said they found out about Smith's abdominal pain a week ago Wednesday, when he reported it to team trainer Rick Burkholder.
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August 10, 2007 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The final chapter on L.J. Smith's attempt to return from his spring sports hernia surgery hasn't been written yet. The most recent chapter was penned yesterday and it included some ominous developments for the Eagles tight end. Smith, after running by linebacker Chris Gocong, caught a pass in the middle of the field during a non-contact drill at Lehigh University. Almost immediately after the catch, Smith went to his knees and couldn't get up, prompting Gocong to signal for assistance from the trainers.
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December 5, 2005 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Don't look for Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki to be having any sleepless nights after losing his first NHL shoot-out Saturday in Nashville. Does it bother him? "No, no," he said. "It's a tough loss, but I don't know what to say. " Today, the Flyers expect to learn whether starting goaltender Robert Esche's injured right groin is actually a sports hernia. If it is, he could miss a month of action. If not, Esche is expected to be sidelined for about a week. Either way, Niittymaki will the guy in goal this week as the Flyers face three more Western Conference opponents, starting with Calgary tomorrow.
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June 9, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not long ago, Darren Howard was the prized free-agent addition at the Eagles' spring camp. He was the guy who was going to make a difference in the Eagles' pass rush, the defensive end who would be paired with Jevon Kearse to form a formidable assault on opposing quarterbacks. But entering his fourth season with the Eagles, Howard finds it is easy to to go unnoticed, even though he has never been more valuable to the defensive line. Howard underwent the dreaded sports hernia operation shortly after the Eagles' NFC championship loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but few people have asked for a medical update on the hybrid defensive lineman.
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February 12, 2006 | By David Aldridge, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to the Eagles and the Cowboys, Grant Hill has a rooting interest, and it isn't for the local team. His father, Calvin, toted the football for many years in Dallas and now is a consultant to the team. But when it comes to Donovan McNabb, the Orlando Magic forward feels a kinship. Both Hill and McNabb are trying to recover from sports-hernia surgery. Hill has been out for much of the regular season and finally is getting close to returning to the starting lineup.
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October 2, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles and Donovan McNabb want you to believe, and they truly want to believe themselves, that the most serious of the quarterback's long list of medical problems right now is not going to get any worse. McNabb has compiled numerous opinions from doctors about this condition known as a sports hernia that really isn't a hernia at all. He has worked diligently with head trainer Rick Burkholder and his staff to prepare for today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
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April 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A doctor injected A.J. Burnett with cortisone Monday morning to dull the pain in his groin. He told the 37-year-old righthander that he will require surgery at some point to correct a small inguinal hernia. For Burnett, this was good news. "I'm going to go about Wednesday like nothing happened," Burnett said. He will start Wednesday and plans to pitch through the injury for the rest of the season. Surgery would follow. Until then, Burnett said, he must tolerate pain. "I'm going to have to deal with it," Burnett said.
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July 31, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THOUSANDS of words were spoken by and about Donovan McNabb yesterday at NovaCare, as McNabb officially retired as an Eagle, and the team announced that his No. 5 will be retired in a Sept. 19 ceremony before the Birds play Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs. Some of the most illuminating words came from Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie extolled McNabb's toughness, for playing on a broken fibula while throwing four touchdown passes against the Cardinals in 2002, and for winning an NFL offensive player of the month award while playing with a sports hernia in 2005.
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February 24, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Like his brother, Travis Kelce is working back from an injury. Kelce, the Cincinnati tight end who is one of the better prospects at that position in the upcoming draft, underwent offseason sports hernia surgery and isn't working out at the NFL Scouting Combine. Jason Kelce, the Eagles' center, tore his ACL in the second game of the 2012 season. Both are expected to be fine for the 2013 season. "I tore it probably around Week 3. During the season, just played on it, played through it, got through the season," said Travis, the beardless Kelce.
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July 6, 2012 | Ed Barkowitz
The term "sports hernia" is terribly misleading, says Dr. William Meyers, a leader in the field whose practice is headquartered at the Navy Yard. Meyers says the term "core muscle injury" is much more correct. "A person can tear any of the many muscles in the pelvis," he said. "Sometimes the tears cause instability of the pubic joint and the pain continues. There is no bulge, and hernia repair does not generally correct the problems. " — Ed Barkowitz
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June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE WASHINGTON Nationals designated struggling reliever Brad Lidge for assignment Sunday and activated reliever Ryan Mattheus. Lidge signed a $1 million, 1-year contract as a free agent in the offseason to add bullpen depth, but the 35-year-old righthander couldn't find the form that made him a two-time All-Star with Houston and the Phillies. He went 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA in 11 appearances with the Nationals. Lidge allowed three runs in Washington's 7-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday and was the losing pitcher against New York on Saturday, giving up two runs in the 14th inning of a 5-3 defeat.
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June 8, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
The subject was Brent Celek, and the double sports hernia surgery and hip surgery the Eagles' starting tight end underwent at the end of the 2011 season. Clay Harbor, Celek's backup, was amazed. "That's big-time," Harbor said during Eagles OTAs this week. "My rookie season [2010], I played with one sports hernia. I was struggling?...?it was hard. I remember Brent coming off [the field] midway through the season saying, ‘I really gotta get this checked out. It's really starting to hurt.' We found out he had a [double]
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May 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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February 21, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - At 1:44 p.m. Monday, Cole Hamels was done. He had spent the majority of the previous 44 minutes reluctantly discussing his next massive payday, a subject he claims to have spent little time pondering despite its significance for the future of this powerful franchise and the 28-year-old. Hamels jogged away from the Florida sunlight and into the Phillies clubhouse, where only baseball awaits him. No more talking about money until he's signed the contract. "Exactly," he said, and the door shut behind him. This day, as choreographed as it was, still represented a significant marker in the Phillies' negotiations with their former World Series MVP and youngest star player.
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