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The Injury Bug Hits Again, Linebacker Phillip Hunt Tears ACL

August 16th, 2013 at 9:34 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Phillip Hunt is another player to be hit by the injury bug as he tore his ACL.

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Hunt injured his left knee during the preseason opener. After sitting our three days of practice following the game against the New England Patriots, the news came that he had a partial tear of his ACL.

Yesterday, Hunt underwent a successful surgery to repair the torn ligament. He is the fourth Eagle to tear an ACL during the 2013 preseason. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was the first to go down in training camp. He was soon followed by wide receiver Arrelious Benn and linebacker Jason Phillips. Maclin, Benn, and Phillips are now on long-term injured reserve. Losing two wide receivers and two linebackers has really opened the competition for roster spots at those positions. Players who would have been considered on the bubble now find themselves that much closer to making the team.

ACL injuries have been hitting teams all across the NFL. During preseason last year, there were 24 players with ACL injuries. So far there have been 13 players with ACL injuries this preseason. At the rate they are coming, it would not be surprising to see that number pass the previous years total.

 

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Tags: ACL, Arrelious Benn, Football, Jason Phillips, Jeremy Maclin, Linebacker, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Phillip Hunt, preseason

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