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Back surgery sidelines Eagles center Julian Vandervelde

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The Eagles will start the season without right tackle Lane Johnson because Johnson will be serving a four-game suspension and their depth on the line may have taken another hit on Sunday.

The team announced that center Julian Vandervelde had back surgery. There’s no timetable for his return, leaving David Molk with an outsize opportunity to earn playing time behind Jason Kelce.

“The sad thing is this is kind of how the NFL works,” Molk said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Your gain is someone else’s [misfortune], which is terrible. It’s the business.”

Molk was out of the league in 2013 after playing 12 games for the Chargers as a seventh-round pick in 2012. Vandervelde played 14 games for the Eagles last year as a reserve offensive lineman and special teams contributor, so his absence would cost the Eagles a reserve with experience in their system at a moment when they don’t have too many players who fit that bill vying to make the roster.

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11 Responses to “Back surgery sidelines Eagles center Julian Vandervelde”
  1. bubbybrisket says: Aug 11, 2014 12:03 PM

    Bring in a camp body to replace him.

  2. igglesnut says: Aug 11, 2014 12:07 PM

    Molk is a better player than Vandervelde.

  3. skinsdiehard says: Aug 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    I would express sympathy but I know the Skins don’t get any when their players are injured.

  4. elsantos2014 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:14 PM

    Molk played great in place of him. In fact that entire 2nd team offensive line looked great. Eagles have plenty of depth on the O-Line.

  5. ariani1985 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:50 PM

    Is this the guy from Dawson creek?

  6. therealtruth210 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:00 PM

    elsantos2014 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 12:14 PM

    Molk played great in place of him. In fact that entire 2nd team offensive line looked great. Eagles have plenty of depth on the O-Line.

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    so your #2 team looked better than their #2 team. That’s awesome!! it’s a shame they play the #1 team during the season

  7. richndc says: Aug 11, 2014 1:01 PM

    Chip Kelly’s scientific genius does not require good offensive lineman for success. just gotta tweak that playlist a little, get right in the head and the next guy up, is just as good if not better!!

  8. floratiotime says: Aug 11, 2014 1:09 PM

    This is the Eagles. Every player is a pro bowler. Just ask them.

  9. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:40 PM

    Pretty much everyone thought Molk would beat out Vandervelde in the end anyway so this isn’t news!

    I feel bad for Vandervelde, but just really hasn’t done much since he was drafted.

  10. mungman69 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:25 PM

    Molk is an unknown, at least to me, so those Eagles better hope that their starter doesn’t go down. In fact the Eagles didnt lose any offensive linemen at all last year and with Lane Johnson out for the first four games they are already worse off than last year.
    And don’t feed me that bunk that a sub is better that the starter.

  11. corky2141 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:08 PM

    Problem with Molk as the replacement is he only plays the center position. Vandervelde, in a worst case situation, could slide to a guard spot

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