June 19, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY'S Church of Sports Scientology came into Brent Celek's life just in the nick of time. The tight end was 28 going on 60 when Kelly replaced Andy Reid as the Eagles' head coach two years ago. Six seasons of playing pro football the only way he knows how - pedal to the metal, with no regard for his physical well-being - had taken its toll on his body. "I probably wouldn't be here if not for the type of stuff we do now," he said. "I was starting to break down a little bit and I needed to take care of my body a little bit better.
November 23, 2014 |
Dan Vassallo said the final goal in his running career was to qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon. The 29-year-old Peabody, Mass., resident has finally achieved that goal, with another twist. On a picture-perfect day for running, Vassallo was the male winner in Sunday's Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon, finishing the 26.2 mile race in two hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. The qualifying time for the Olympic Trials is 2:18.00. "I ran for the trials but winning was a pleasant byproduct of it," Vassallo said.
April 16, 2014 |
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.
July 31, 2013 |
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.
February 24, 2013 |
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.
July 6, 2012 |
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
June 19, 2012 |
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.
June 8, 2012 |
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 , 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]
May 3, 2012 |
PAUL PIERCE knocked down the free throws to clinch it, then dropped to a knee near midcourt. He wasn't planning on Tebowing, but it just felt right. "You just want to thank God for putting you in those positions," Pierce said. "It wasn't pre-scripted. It just came to me. " With a stunning performance, Pierce single-handedly led the Boston Celtics to a playoff win - even without their floor leader. Pierce battled through another tough shooting night to score 36 points and the Celtics wiped out Atlanta's 11-point lead in the second half, stunning the Hawks, 87-80, on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference series.
February 21, 2012 |
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.