Maragos Gives Update After PCL Surgery
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — In case you didn't know the Eagles were down to their third option at kicker during Sunday's 37-9 win over Dallas.
Typically the emergency kicker for Dave Fipp is Chris Maragos but the veteran special teams star is done for the season after undergoing surgery earlier this month for a PCL injury suffered in his right knee against Carolina in Week 6.
Maragos caught up with reporters outside the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and raved about Kamu Grugier-Hill's ability to kickoff against the Cowboys.
"He did a great job," Maragos said.
Grugier-Hill had an average distance of 62.8 yards on four kickoffs, according to ProFootballFocus.com, which is nearly identical to the 63.5 average that Elliott had on the first two kickoffs in the game, although admittedly that was a poor effort from the normal kicker. KGH also even had a touchback.
"I'm not sure I could have done that [the touchback]," Maragos admitted. "I can probably get it down to the five [5-yard line]."
Maragos himself is still on crutches on having surgery on Nov. 8 and is not a candidate to return in what is turning out to be a special season for the Eagles.
"[The PCL injury] is rare for football players but it takes a long time [to rehab]. It's similar to an ACL [time wise]. I'll probably be limited for OTAs and the goal is to be ready for training camp but my knee should be even stronger."
And by that time Maragos will gladly give up his job as emergency kicker to Grugier-Hill.
"He can have it," Maragos joke. "He's got the perfect personality for something like that."
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