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Jevon Kearse Out for Season with Knee Injury

If you needed more proof that professional football was a brutal game, look no further than Javon Kearse.

Jevon Kearse will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury the star defensive end sustained in Philadelphia’s overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday. Kearse’s injury included sprains of multiple ligaments, including the medial collateral ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, and the posterior cruciate ligament. The Eagles said that treatment options for his knee will be determined in the near future.

Jevon Kearse Out for Season with Knee Injury AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy<br />
Jevon Kearse gets helped off the field after hurting his knee in overtime. Kearse, who had 2½ sacks in the game, was injured when his leg knocked against Mike Patterson while the two brought down Eli Manning on New York’s first possession of the extra period. Kearse reached for his left knee immediately after the play, was helped off the field and carted to the locker room.


Kearse is in his third season with the Eagles after signing a $66 million, eight-year contract in 2004. He had 7½ sacks in each of his first two seasons in Philadelphia after getting at least 9½ in four of his five years in Tennessee. He already had 3½ sacks in two games and seemed poised to have an outstanding season.


A first-round pick by Tennessee in 1999, Kearse quickly established himself as one of the NFL’s premier sack artists and earned the nickname: “The Freak.”

Kearse had 36 sacks and went to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons, twice earning All-Pro honors. But he had just 11½ sacks in his last two injury-plagued seasons with the Titans. He missed 12 games with a broken bone in his left foot in 2002, sprained the same foot the following year and missed nearly three games.

As a Cowboys fan so, it’s good for my team that a key player on their top divisional rival is out before the teams face off. As a human being, though, it’s sad to see a man miss most of a season in the prime of his career. There aren’t many of those. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of the game.

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