Zach Ertz entered Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp aiming to put all his offseason strides on display, but the tight end was dealt an unfortunate hand on Day 9 of camp.
During one of the team’s full-pad practices on Wednesday, Aug. 12, Zach collided with linebacker Mychal Kendricks and suffered a core muscle injury. He spoke with trainers and returned to practice after the incident, but missed practice the following day.
After further tests on the injury showed a tear, the Stanford product underwent surgery on Friday, Aug. 14 to repair the injured muscle.
The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers, a renowned core injury specialist. Dr. Meyers has worked on similar injuries to numerous top athletes, including a recent procedure to repair the injured groin of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster.
Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly talked about Zach’s outlook following the injury, noting that his tight end will miss the rest of the preseason but should be available for the start of the regular season.
“It’s something that we wanted to get cleaned up,” Kelly said. “The[missing] reps weren’t really important. In the long term, he’s going to be a lot better for it. We just wanted to get it out of the way. Whatever it is, Dr. [William] Meyers said it’s going to be a couple of weeks, he thinks he’ll be fine for the opener . . . If we’re going to have to shut him down, I’d rather shut him down now than have to shut him down in the middle of the season.”
The date of Zach’s operation and the date of his team’s regular-season opener are separated by 31 days. While his coach downplayed the missed reps, Zach said in the aftermath of the injury that he was disappointed to be missing valuable practice time. No. 86 had put together an outstanding camp before the injury and had received praise for the strides had shown, particularly from a blocking standpoint.
“I don’t want to miss a play when I’m out there,” Zach said afterward. “This is the time to get better.”
Now he is focused forward on getting back healthy in time for the regular season.
The Eagles are one of the last teams to kickoff the 2015 season, as they will be featured on Monday Night Football, Sept. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET and the game can be seen nationwide on ESPN.
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