Celek undergoes surgery to repair previously undisclosed sports hernia

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The Eagles announced on Wednesday, despite having no obligation to do so, the fact that tight end Brent Celek underwent on Tuesday surgery to repair a sports hernia and a torn labrum.

The Eagles had not previously disclosed the injury.  Celek showed up only three times on the injury report in 2011:  In Week Two with a hip injury, in Week Six with an illness, and in Week Nine with a hip injury.  (The reference to the hip injury possibly was an acknowledgement of the hernia, coming only in the weeks when it limited Celek’s availability for practice.)

In 2005, the Eagles acknowledged for weeks that quarterback Donovan McNabb had a sports hernia, until he was knocked hard to the ground against the Cowboys, requiring McNabb to be shut down immediately for surgery.  After that same season ended, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady underwent surgery for a sports hernia — previously undisclosed — that apparently had been bothering him for weeks.

The league took no action with respect to the Patriots’ apparent violation of the injury-reporting rules.

So the Eagles possibly decided that it made no sense to admit that Celek was playing with a sports hernia, in order to ensure that he wouldn’t be targeted for any specific hits or punches or kicks aimed at pushing him to a point where surgery could no longer be delayed.  While there’s a chance that the injury simply happened in Week 17 (with surgery coming only roughly 48 hours after the final game), the presence of a torn labrum suggests that Celek had played with the sports hernia and other areas of his groin/core compensated for the injury, tearing the labrum.

I don’t point this out in order to get the Eagles “in trouble.”  It’s simply the latest example of the disconnect between the injury reports and reality, proving that inside information indeed exists — and that people who have access to that inside information could, in theory, be compromised by folks with one eyebrow and/or gold chains, who could profit from having access to that kind of data.

In theory, every injury should be reported, even if it doesn’t prevent a player from practicing or playing.  While that may not entail every single bump, bruise, hangnail, boo-boo or “owwie,” it surely encompasses chronic conditions that require surgical intervention promptly upon the conclusion of the football season.

16 responses to “Celek undergoes surgery to repair previously undisclosed sports hernia

  1. “In theory, every injury should be reported, even if it doesn’t prevent a player from practicing or playing. ”

    Nonsense. This is the NFL. If you tell the media your QB has a sprained ankle, every defender on next weeks’ team is going to be aiming right for that ankle. Getting specific with injury reports = putting a target on your players.

    You want a compromise between no reporting at all and full disclosure? Do like hockey. Brent Celek is questionable with a “lower body injury” etc…

  2. I disagree with your take on this issue, Mike. The injury report lists players that potentially will not play in the game. If a player is probable, he has a (roughly) 25% chance of not playing. If he is questionable, he has a 50% chance of not playing, and so on. If Celek was never in doubt of missing a game, in other words, he had a 0% chance of not playing then he should not have to be listed on the injury report.

    It is surprising he was injured, however, because he had the best games of the year, and maybe career, over the last 4 weeks.

  3. This report does not “prove that inside information indeed exists.” The fact that teams have inside information is accepted and stems from meaningful competition. Inside information comes in many shapes and forms, ranging from the game plans and schemes that a team runs, to the availability of personnel for game time. The less inside information you disclose, the harder it is for your opponent to prepare to beat you. That is simply why teams continue to utilize the gray-area that is afforded to them by the league with respect to injury reports. It makes complete sense and anyone who thinks about it for a few seconds, I believe, would agree that every single team has inside information and that this fact has already been proven many times over, and in multiple ways.

    As a tip, you don’t have to dress every single story up as some expert analysis because, in situations like this, you end up coming across as obtuse. Unless (or until) the league requires full disclosure of all injuries teams will keep operating within the gray area…why shouldn’t they if it gives them an advantage (however large or small)? Until then, pointing out each instance of a team not disclosing an injury is pointless (i.e. this headline should read “Celek undergoes surgery to repair sports hernia and labrum”).

  4. I’m echoing an earlier statement that he played his best, and looked like he was back to ‘form’ the last half of the season, and especially the past 4 weeks. Maybe once the O-Line gelled enough to protect Vick, Celek is allowed to run out and receive again on a consistent basis.

  5. To add to the point that “chw468” made they need to look at it from a “participated in practice” and “likelihood to play” otherwise you will have coaches putting the whole roster on there because nobody is 100% by the middle of the season. Celek was able to practice and was a near lock to play so he doesn’t fit the NFLs requirements to be on the injury report.

  6. Maybe his upswing in production was due to Vick finally not holding the ball so long and throwing to spots the way good quarterbacks do in the NFL. The Oline was not on the hook for many of the sacks and hits Vick took this year, he brings it on himself. When he plays better, the wr’s and te’s have better numbers.

  7. it’s always possible the player didn’t disclose the injury to the team, isn’t it? they do it with concussions, etc, why not this?

  8. willardj says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:13 PM
    Wow. I never would have guessed. Celek had one of his best seasons with the Eagles. He must be tough as nails.


    I would concur. In weeks 16 and 17, Celek had fantastic games too. Against the Redskins, he didnt go to the ground once. He tried to knock people over when he had the ball left and right.

    He is one tough nut. Good guy to have on your side.

  9. Of course the Patriots didn’t get reprimanded by the league. The league (and everyone else) looks the other way when it comes to Tom Brady and the Pats.

  10. And he still played like a beast the last few games of the season. One of the few bright spots for the Eagles this year, and it will be fun watching him going forward.

  11. Did he get that hernia from jumping up and signaling first down all season like it was the Super Bowl ?

  12. eigglesnosuperbowls I think your a troll. You demonstrate no knowledge of football and you and tigrrr should get a clue. Celek is second best TE in the division and definitely a top ten. While his receiving stats aren’t tops his blocking is very good and he is a complete package. Glad to hear he is on the mend.

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