Victor Abiamiri Has Knee Surgery, Could Miss Opener

Written By Bob Cunningham On Saturday, May 01, 2010

A rare photo of Victor Abiamiri getting some pressure.

If Victor Abiamiri's future with the Eagles wasn't cloudy enough, it's not going to help that he will be heading into the 2010 season with little to no workout time as he recovers from microfracture knee surgery he had done on February 9th.

Apparently the Eagles did a good job of keeping it quiet, but now that mini-camp is starting and he's not participating, it was time to let everyone know.

"It's a big injury," Eagles' trainer Rick Burkholder said. "It's knocked some guys out of playing, but plenty of people have come back and played, too. He's got youth on his side."

His youth might be looked at as an advantage if he'd have a healthy season to speak of on the NFL level. However Abiamiri has the dubious distinction of never playing a full 16-game season and has not produced anywhere near his second-round status.

In fact, since getting drafted in 2007, Abiamiri has played in 29 games (of a possible 48), and has only four sacks. He's more of a run-stopper than a pass-rusher, but he's also never had more than 13 tackles in a season.

And even if he's not a pass-rusher, it's still an unacceptably low number. To put that in perspective, over the same three-year period, Joselio Hanson and Ellis Hobbs each have 2.5 sacks and both have more than tripled his number of tackles.

With Ricky Sapp being moved to SAM linebacker, there's still a chance Abiamiri makes the final roster as the sixth defensive end. But don't be surprised if he gets the axe during the final cuts of training camp, either.

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