By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Eagles center Jason Kelce suffered a partial ACL tear, and a full MCL tear in Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder announced the injury at Andy Reid’s Monday press conference.
Burkholder said there is a possibility that Kelce could play again this season, pending a scope Kelce will have on his knee on Tuesday.
“The question arises, ‘what do you do with those two injuries?’ There’s not a consensus around the country among sports medicine people,” Burkholder said. He indicated that at minimum, the MCL tear needs 4-6 weeks to heal. Depending on how severe the ACL tear is, Kelce could play on it for the remainder of the season. If they opt for surgery on the ACL, Kelce would be finished for the season.
“What he’ll determine in that scope – while he’s under anesthesia – is he’ll examine the knee again. Jason was obviously in a lot of pain yesterday, and then this morning, it was tough to get a total exam. When he’s asleep, you’ll be able to really feel how the ACL checks up with the partial tear and whether it actually works,” Burkholder said. “There are other players. I won’t go into which players. I have already spoken to a few of my colleagues this morning and I know that Dr. DeLuca has spoken to a few of his colleagues. As far as we can tell right now, it’s a mixed bag. Some people get it fixed right away and other people just let the MCL heal and play with the partial.”
Kelce left Sunday’s game with what was called a “knee sprain.”