Tag:Leonard Weaver
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:16 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 3:27 pm

Leonard Weaver still hoping to make comeback

After missing most of 2010 and all of 2011, Weaver won't return to the field in 2012 either.  (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Leonard Weaver, perhaps the NFL’s best fullback in 2009 who suffered a brutal knee injury in 2010 and who missed all of 2011, won’t play in 2012 either. He’s simply not healthy enough, as you can surmise in this Philadelphia Daily News piece that follows Weaver as he fails another physical with the Eagles training staff.

Weaver says his foot doesn’t work right, and though he wants to resume what had been a six-year career, he’s not sure if he’ll ever be healthy enough to do so.

"My heart is to get back," Weaver said. “But it's not going to happen this season. It's tough."

More from the Daily News:
What Weaver doesn't have is the ability to move his left foot fully, even after nearly 18 months of rehab, much of it incredibly painful and tedious. He's as athletic and powerful-looking as ever, within a couple of pounds of his playing weight. If you stood the 2009 Weaver up against the 2012 Weaver, in street clothes, you probably couldn't tell the difference. But the difference is huge.

"As of right now, no, I can't run like I used to," Weaver, 29, says.

Teams have called, he said, but he isn't ready to run for them. After another year away? Well, who will call about a 30-year-old fullback whose last substantive action was in 2009?

The tackle that might have ended Weaver’s career occurred in Week 1 of 2010 when Weaver took a carry and took a helmet to the leg courtesy of Green Bay’s Nick Barnett. Weaver’s body went forward; his leg went backward. And that was it.

"That was the worst pain I've ever felt. I've never been shot, but I'll tell you what, it had to be worse," Weaver said. "It was just all up and down my leg, up and down my back, this burning sensation. It was like somebody lit a match and it went all over my body, and it just continued. It was crazy."

Weaver tore his ACL and suffered nerve damage, a diagnosis that left Weaver sobbing in the locker room afterward. Since then, Weaver has had three surgeries, and though the foot he couldn’t lift after his initial injury has improved, it’s nowhere near NFL ready.

Doctors have told him there’s a 99 percent chance he’ll never play again. For now, Weaver is just happy he can walk.

If you have some time, click the Daily News link and check out the rest of the story. It’s an interesting look at a guy whose dream most likely will not become a reality.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:39 am

The biggest releases of the day

WeaverPosted by Josh Katzowitz

We had some surprising, and plenty of not so surprising, names who were released today, the first day teams could actually waive players.

Here are a few of the most-significant pink slips handed out today (we already told you about Vince Young and Tennessee here and the Baltimore guys who have been cut and the Dallas players who are gone).

-Former Vikings S Madieu Williams: He didn’t play well last year, and he’s teetering on being a bubble player in the league. Although Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier originally said he wanted to see what Williams would do in training camp, he ultimately decided not to find out. The fact Williams was supposed to make $5.4 million this year didn’t help his chances.

-Former Saints CB Randall Gay: After missing most of last season while dealing with the effects of a concussion, New Orleans released Gay. He would have cost New Orleans $5 million, and considering he was stuck behind Tracy Porter on the depth chart, this seemed like an easy call.

-Former Eagles FB Leonard Weaver: The former Pro Bowler was caught off guard by this move. This is what he wrote in a series of tweets (sics, of course, apply): “Hey there eagles nation, I'm sorry to say but I just found out I was released by the Eagles. … The kicker behind that is that the organization didn't call me and tell me. I had to find out by a reporter. … Now I have mixed feeling about that because I gave everything I had to the organization, and I would think that they would atleast call... And Let me know what was going on, but as I have learned over the years fans, business is business. …However I wish the best for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

-Former Chiefs G Brian Waters: He was a Kansas City mainstay for more than a decade, and the news of his release was met by sadness from some of the city’s media. Said Waters, who played 163 games in a Kansas City uniform: “The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City."

-Former Giants RB Tiki Barber: I know it’s hard to believe, but for some reason, New York severed ties with the former NBC broadcaster.

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 6:50 pm

Leonard Weaver sorry for agreeing with Peterson

Posted by Andy BenoitL. Weaver (US Presswire)

One of the perks of being a decent NFL player but not a household name is that when you find yourself apologizing for something you said, chances are good that most people hearing the apology will not be familiar with your gaffe in the first place.

Did you know Leonard Weaver spoke out in agreement to Adrian Peterson’s slavery comment? Tuesday night, in rhapsodizing about the labor situation, the Eagles fullback said to on CSN Philly, “We as players want to make a statement that you know what, we love playing for you all, we love your owners, you know? We love you guys very much, but at the same time we need to see some equal opportunity here and stop treating us basically like Adrian Peterson said, like slaves. . . .

“We as players, we are an important part of this agreement here and an important part of this league.  We care about our benefits and who we are.  It’s not just about money, but it’s about our livelihood after the game of football.

“I want people to understand that we as players are gonna stand strong in our opinion and we’re gonna really fight this thing until it gets solved.”

On Wednesday, Weaver apparently felt pangs of regret. He tweeted, “Now, that I have seen it, I will say that it was hard for me to watch and after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I represented my family, friends and organization the wrong way. I’m sorry for those words I used and if I offend anyone, please forgive me. To all my fans whom I’ve disappointed I’m sorry.”

No harm, no foul.

While we’re thinking of it, isn’t it odd that we haven’t heard anything from Peterson since his slavery comment?

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 12:20 pm

Hot Routes 3.23.11: Buddy Ryan has cancer

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Once again, former coaching standout Buddy Ryan has cancer, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. But Rex is confident in his father. Said Rex: "He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than (s---). He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."
  • Sounds like the students at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis had a blast with Rams RB Steven Jackson. Even if this was a team-sponsored event (the Rams had to get special permission before Jackson could appear).

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:38 pm

Kolb, Bradley pass tests, to practice Friday

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley, two of the approximately 97* concussed Eagles players from Sunday failed the second phase of their concussion tests on Wednesday, but Thursday was a different story -- both players passed the full tests and are cleared for practice.

The only problem is that they cannot practice, due to rules, until Friday. That means that Michael Vick will continue practicing with the first team in Philadelphia and remains the favorite to start for the Eagles on Sunday due to a lack of time for Kolb to practice and the potential risk for re-injury.

However, if Kolb is cleared and ready to return to the field by Sunday, don't discount Andy Reid rolling the dice and giving his new franchise quarterback a shot at starting (or at the very least, playing) -- the Eagles get the Lions this week, and given the numbers Jay Cutler put up against them last week, we can assume that Reid would rather nip the quarterback controversy in the bud and let Kolb play -- provided he plays well -- than have Vick put up monster numbers against the Lions and give the Philly fan base something to really chunk batteries at.

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*May be a slight exaggeration.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 1:43 pm

Kolb fails concussion test, Vick with 1st team

Posted by Will Brinson

The quarterback controversy that exists in Philadelphia (without really existing, technically speaking) should be fairly calm until Sunday, as it appears that Kevin Kolb is somewhat unlikely to play after not passing the second phase of the concussion test on Wednesday.

Stewart Bradley, the linebacker who suffered a concussion on Sunday, also failed the second phase of the concussion test, although they have "made progress" since Monday according to Reid.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News , because of Kolb's status, Michael Vick will take the first team reps Wednesday and Thursday, although Andy Reid declined to discuss Friday.

"We'll take Friday as it comes," Reid said.

Reid also said that "Kevin knows he the guy" which is the same mantra he's repeated since Sunday and the same one he'll repeat until Kolb is ready to play.

The issue will be if Vick has a monster game on Sunday -- the Eagles play the Lions, so it's entirely possible -- and causes fans to clamor for his ascension to the starting role .

"If I'm the guy then I'm going to get ready to try to put this team in position to win and that's the ultimate goal," Vick said according to the Eagles' website . "I don't really go out and try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game. The primary focus is to put this team in a position to win whenever I'm on the field. You can't go out and try to prove yourself because that's adding pressure to this game and it's already hard as it is."

"I just have to make the most out of the opportunity and try to help this football team win until Kevin comes back and he's healthy," Vick added.

But as I've said before , Reid simply won't make Vick his starter and he (Vick) seems to know that and is 100 percent committed to passing along the same message as Reid, which is a good thing.

It makes zero sense from a PR perspective , particularly since it's fully understood that he's all-in on Kolb as the quarterback of the future. The concussion issue, provided that Kolb doesn't play entirely atrociously when he returns, is simply an easy out for Reid and the coaching staff to let Vick play as much as he needed.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:54 pm

Hard Knocks star could join Eagles

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jason Davis became a semi-celebrity on Hard Knocks. If you don’t recall, Davis was the Jets third-string fullback who couldn’t get practice reps ahead of veteran Tony Richardson or The Terminator, John Conner. Davis’ pride and frustration made for some great viewing. He told HBO he didn’t give a s*** about where he was on the depth chart. In another scene,J. Davis he refused to take snaps. (To be fair, Davis tweeted moments after the show ended that he had an ankle injury at the time.)

When Mike Tannenbaum cut Davis at the end of the show, the fullback told the GM that if he comes back with another teams, he’s going to stick it to the Jets, and that’s just how it has to be. Tannenbaum loved that, saying he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well, Davis may not be getting a chance to stick it to the Jets directly, but he might get a chance to stick it to someone. With Leonard Weaver suffering a devastating knee injury Sunday, the Eagles, according to our CBS Rapid Reporter, are taking a close look at Davis.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:50 am
Edited on: September 13, 2010 1:28 pm

Injury news: Eagles nailed; Bob Sanders done?

Posted by Andy Benoit

There are rumors swirling that Colts safety Bob Sanders suffered another torn biceps injury Sunday. If that’s the case, then Sanders is out for the season (again). Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes, “What we know for now is that no one is saying anything yet. The team is quiet and the player is quiet. Indeed, the player is so quiet that some folks with whom he ordinarily would be communicating have yet to hear from him.”

Sanders left the game against Houston with what was described as an “elbow” injury.

In what seems like a terrible omen for Colts fans, Eagles center Jamaal Jackson left Sunday’s game with an elbow injury, and his injury did turn out to be a season-ending triceps tear. This is a heartbreaking turn of events for Jackson, who spent this entire past offseason recovering from a December torn ACL. Jackson is now out for the year.

Jackson’s not the only Eagle who went down for the year Sunday. Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver tore his ACL when his knee got bent the wrong way in a pile (it was a gruesome looking injury).

UPDATE 12:04 ET: Sources tell Fox Sports that Weaver suffered three ligament tears plus nerve damage.

UPDATE 1:30 ET: Bob Sanders will have an MRI Monday.

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