The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that Jason Kelce will have “routine cleanup” surgery on his elbow. Statement from the team’s public relations staff: Despite his efforts to push through elbow pain, it was determined that a routine cleanout would be beneficial and facilitate a rapid recovery.
On Tuesday morning, Kelce was listed as injured on the Eagles’ training camp injury report. This comes after a workout at Lincoln Financial Field, where it was widely reported that Kelce was having trouble with his snaps. I don’t think that’s completely unconnected.
Kelce’s expected return date is unclear at this time. There’s hope he’ll be OK to go for Week 1, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. It’s still not a good turn of events. After missing several weeks of action, Kelce may require time to build back up to his previous level of performance.
The good news is that it does not seem to be a problem that would end the season. And if Kelce is injured, the Eagles appear to have a strong replacement on the bench. The Eagles’ second-round choice in the 2022 NFL Draft, Cam Jurgens, has impressed in preseason.
However, Jurgens is not as talented as Kelce and hence is a step-down. The latter is a fantastic team captain who has been named to the All-Pro team four times in the last five years.
The Eagles are hoping Kelce will make a speedy recovery from his injury so he can return to the field.
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Kelce, a four-time first-team All-Pro in the last five years, has started every game since the middle of 2014 (when he missed four). Injuries could occur during his recovery from surgery.
Kelce played a crucial role in helping Philadelphia’s offensive line clear the way for the league’s best rushing offense. The Eagles led the league in both overall running yards (2,715) and rushing touchdowns (first) (25). In addition, the Eagles allowed the seventh-fewest sacks (31) that season, tying for seventh place.
Kelce has now started 100 consecutive games for the Eagles from his position as a center. There were a franchise-record 14 different starting lineups for the offensive line, but Kelce was the only starter who appeared in every game. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl for the fourth time and was among the top eight candidates for the Art Rooney Trophy in 2020.
Kelce extended his contract with the Eagles on March 5, 2021. On January 3, 2022, he was placed on the concussion/viral illness (COVID) list, but he was activated on January 7 to avoid breaking his run of consecutive games started.
The first offensive play of the game was taken with him in the lineup, however, after that, he was taken out of the game. Kelce was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in 2021, making it three years in a row.
He was also a finalist for the Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Also, for the fourth time in his career, the Associated Press has named him to their first team of All-Pros.
While considering retiring before the 2022 offseason, Kelce signed a new one-year contract with the Eagles on March 11 worth $14 million, making him the highest-paid center in the NFL.
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