With Abiamiri injury serious, Eagles got help at end

We knew the Philadelphia Eagles were seeking a little more in the way of a pass rush and would look at a defensive end in the draft. We didn’t know they would load up on ends. Now, we have one explanation why.

Turns out that veteran Victor Abiamiri’s surgery in February was a serious one. The fourth-year end from Notre Dame underwent microfracture knee surgery. At the earliest, he will return to action in August, the team’s trainer Rick Burkholder said.

"It's a big injury," Burkholder said Friday during minicamp. "It's knocked some guys out of playing, but plenty of people have come back and played, too. He's got youth on his side."

Abiamiri, who played in 13 games last season making five starts, has been bit by the injury bug before. He’s battled wrist, foot and knee injuries and this is easily the most serious situation he has faced. Accordingly, the Eagles have strengthened themselves at the position by choosing Michigan’s Brandon Graham in the first round, Washington’s Daniel Te’o-Nesheim in the third round and then getting a real value with Clemson’s Ricky Sapp in the fifth round. Some teams had questions about the health of Sapp’s knees, but in the fifth round the risk is minimized.

Now, the challenge is for Abiamiri to get himself back in the mix.

"I know that I've been hurt a lot since I've been here," Abiamiri said. "When I got hurt during the season, I was like, 'I'm just going to play through it.' And I did. It's just that the amount of time it takes for it to heal up is pretty extensive."

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