July 30, 2008 |
The Eagles suffered their first extended loss of a player, second-year defensive end Victor Abiamiri. A second-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2007, Abiamiri had surgery yesterday on his dislocated right wrist and is expected to miss all of training camp and possibly the start of the season. "I'm not ready to say it's a season-ending injury, but I'm not ready to say he's going to be ready for the opener, either," said Rick Burkholder, the team's head trainer. "He's going to miss the rest of training camp, and then we'll go from there.
May 30, 2007 |
For now, Victor Abiamiri is the Eagles' other second-round draft pick. He's the guy who doesn't play quarterback and didn't receive all that much attention after being selected by the Eagles last month. These things can change, of course. In fact, it's highly probable that Abiamiri will have more impact on the fate of the 2007 Eagles than quarterback Kevin Kolb, the second-round pick who has been closely scrutinized at the team's never-ending minicamps. Abiamiri, the 57th player taken in the draft, will likely arrive at training camp in late July as the fifth defensive end behind veterans Jevon Kearse, Trent Cole, Darren Howard and Juqua Thomas.
July 30, 2009 |
Look for the Eagles to place running back Brian Westbrook and defensive end Victor Abiamiri on the active physically unable to perform (PUP) list today. It's simply a precautionary measure in the event the two injured players remain sidelined longer than anticipated. Westbrook, who is recovering from June surgery to remove two bone spurs from his right ankle, and Abiamiri, who strained a pectoral muscle lifting weights earlier this month, are both expected back by the middle of next month, according to coach Andy Reid.
May 4, 2011 |
Victor Abiamiri is so much of an afterthought that when Andy Reid was asked at the owners meetings last month about his defensive end situation, he failed to mention his second-round draft pick. And who could blame the Eagles coach? The 57th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Abiamiri has played in just 29 out of a possible 64 regular-season games. In 2008, he suffered a dislocated wrist and a Lisfranc foot sprain. In 2009, he suffered a back sprain and a knee injury. Microfracture surgery on his knee followed in February and caused Abiamiri to miss all of 2010.
May 3, 2010
ANDY REID generally is very diligent when it comes to providing injury information to the media. He's the only coach I've come across in nearly 3 decades of covering the NFL who regularly opens his news conferences with an injury report. While coaches like the Patriots' Bill Belichick lie with regularity when it comes to the health of their players, Reid usually is a straight shooter. So why then, you might ask, did it take Big Red almost 3 months to tell us last week that, oh, by the way, defensive end Victor Abiamiri had career-threatening microfracture surgery on his right knee in early February and might or might not play this season?
October 4, 2007 |
Amid the usual locker-room banter and occasional high jinks in which football players engage to break the tedium of yet another practice day, the youngest player on the Eagles' roster sat solemnly facing his stall. Victor Abiamiri was playing his own game - the waiting game. Abiamiri, 21, a sculpted 6-foot-4, 267-pound defensive end from Notre Dame, was the second player the Eagles drafted in April, the 57th taken overall in the second round. But his selection was mostly overlooked because of all the hullabaloo over Kevin Kolb, the quarterback the Birds chose earlier in the same round to the surprise of just about everyone, including Donovan McNabb.
June 6, 2008 |
To find the career path Victor Abiamiri wants to follow, all you have to do is look north to the swamps of Jersey. That's where you'll find Abiamiri's former Notre Dame teammate Justin Tuck, who surprisingly emerged last season as a pass-rushing force for the New York Giants. "I'm definitely looking forward to emulating that kind of success," the Eagles' second-year defensive end said Wednesday after getting more work in with the first-team defense at the NovaCare Complex.
October 10, 2008 |
Much of the criticism of the Eagles this week has been about the stagnant offense and the uninspiring play-calling of Andy Reid and/or Marty Mornhinweg. But don't forget: In the second half against the Washington Redskins, the defense was dreadful, too. The Eagles entered last week with the No. 1 run defense in the NFL and the third-ranked defense overall. It was hard to tell against the Redskins, who had success on first down, second down, third down, and, well, you get the picture.
January 8, 2009 |
Victor Abiamiri enjoyed watching his Eagles teammates clinch a playoff berth and advance in the NFL's postseason tournament, but he longed for the chance to have as much fun as his partners on the defensive line were having. So the second-year defensive end rehabilitated as quickly as humanly possible from a foot injury, and hopes to be on the field Sunday when the Birds head up the turnpike for the NFC divisional playoff game against the New York Giants. Abiamiri hit the practice field yesterday, in limited participation, for the first time since suffering the Lisfranc sprain Dec. 21 against the Washington Redskins.
June 4, 2010
IN YOUTH-OBSESSED Eagleland, it's never a good thing to be the oldest guy in the room, because it usually means you're going to be the next one out the door. With the offseason exoduses of Donovan McNabb and Darren Howard, the bull's-eye now is on Juqua Parker's back. The defensive end turned 32 last month, which makes him the oldest non-kicker on the team's peach-fuzzed roster at the moment. But Parker hardly is sitting around waiting for a pink slip. "Ah, age ain't nothing but a number," he said yesterday after the Eagles finished a full-squad OTA under a broiling June sun. "I'm just trying to be a leader, man. Trying to show these young guys how to do it. " There are kids, kids everywhere at One NovaCare Way these days.