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Eaglesí Todd Herremans nearing recovery from foot injury

3/6/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

There had been talk of moving Todd Herremans back to guard during the offseason. But the new Philadelphia Eagles hasn’t revealed on the surface any such intentions yet with  Todd Herremans still recovering from a gruesome ankle and foot injury, that placed him on the season-ending injured reserve last November.
 
However, right tackle Todd Herremans revealed he’s just a few weeks away from getting a clean pass from the Philadelphia Eagles medical staff. Todd Herremans added that he expects to join the team on the field for minicamps and OTAs in late April, where he’ll try to set a first impression on new head coach Chip Kelly.
 
“I’ve been out in the (practice) bubble, on the turf, running and cutting, and it’s starting to feel pretty normal,” said Todd Herremans. “I don’t want to give any projective dates, but I don’t see myself missing any offseason activities. I imagine I’ll be good to go in the next few weeks.”
Todd Herremans spent the offseason at the Philadelphia Eagles practice facility rehabbing from his foot injury under head trainer Chris Peduzzi, who took over the position after Rick Burkholder left for Kansas City with Andy Reid.
 
Rehabbing his ankle/foot has been a long, grueling process for Todd Herremans, who sustained the injury in a Week 9 loss to the New Orleans Saints. While blocking, Todd Herremans awkwardly landed on his right foot with such great force that he dislocated bones all the way across to the outside of his foot. Todd Herremans also suffered a strained tendon, ligament damage and bone cracks during the impact.
 
After meeting with several doctors, Todd Herremans and the Philadelphia Eagles initially decided against surgery, hoping that the ligaments and bone damage would safely recover on its own.
 
“There wasn’t much we could compare it to because I don’t think it happened to a football player – other than me – where they didn’t have surgery to fix it,” said Todd Herremans. “So it’s kind of been going at its own pace and by how my body feels.”
 
However, after a setback and infection in the foot, Todd Herremans reportedly underwent surgery in January.
 
Now, the Philadelphia Eagles are waiting on the return of three of their regulars – All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, and center Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans – this offseason.  Jason Peters didn’t play last season after undergoing two surgeries on his Achilles tendon last offseason. Meanwhile, Jason Kelce’s 2012 season prematurely ended with an ACL tear in September.
 
 “Three of our integral parts last year got taken out. We started the year without (Peters) and we thought we’d be OK,” said Todd Herremans. “Then immediately, Kelce goes down. We’re plugging along, then I go down. I think it’ll definitely be a bonus to get us all back.
 
“But the feeling is that it’s a new coach, new staff and we’ve got to re-establish ourselves.”
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