Eagles DE Victor Abiamiri Had Microfracture Surgery

This off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Darryl Tapp, traded up in the first round to draft Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham, used a third-round pick on University of Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, and a fifth-round pick on Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp.

Why the Eagles pumped so many resources into stocking the defensive end position may have become a little clearer today, as it was disclosed that Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri had microfracture surgery on his left knee this off-season, and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2010 season.

"I'll be all right," Abiamiri said on Friday. "I'm not too worried about it ... It's a tough process to go through ... The amount of time it takes to heal up is pretty extensive."

Microfracture surgery involves the surgeon using a small pointed tool called an awl to make very small holes (microfractures) in the bone near the damaged cartilage, which prompts the bone to release the cells in your bones that build new cartilage. As Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News notes, it's often not a permanent fix.

Abiamiri, a second-round pick (57th overall) out of Notre Dame in 2007, has 30 tackles and 4 quarterback sacks in 29 games in his three seasons with the Eagles.

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