Mychal Kendricks Has Ankle Surgery
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks had surgery on his troublesome ankle on Thursday in Green Bay, according to
ESPN's Tim McManus.
An NFL source confirmed the news to 973espn.com and claimed the procedure was not serious and more of a "maintenance thing."
Kendricks, 27, is believed to be on the trade market after a bit of a rebirth last season as one of Jim Schwartz's two three-down linebackers after Jordan Hicks' Achilles injury.
The problem is that Hicks will be back in 2018 and the Eagles were able to keep Nigel Bradham in free agency so Kendricks again projects as the team's third LB, a position that only sees the field about 25 to 30 percent of the time. Kendricks, meanwhile, has a cap number of $7.6 million, a tough figure to swallow for such a limited role.
Philadelphia also signed linebacker Corey Nelson to a one-year deal and told the former Bronco that will get an opportunity to compete for playing time on the weakside. With a $1.6M cap number and the ability to help on every special teams coverage unit, Nelson is probably the better fit as a third LB.
The reason Kendricks chose to have the surgery in Green Bay is because Dr. Robert Anderson, the preeminent foot and ankle specialist around the league, now practices out of Titletown. Previously he was in Charlotte.
Also in town to visit Anderson, according to Philadelphia radio personality Geoff Mosher, is defensive end Brandon Graham.
Graham injured his ankle on Christmas Day against Oakland. He missed the Week 17 regular-season finale against Dallas but returned for the playoffs and played through the injury.
NFL Media's Steve Wyche, meanwhile, reported that safety Malcolm Jenkins recently had a procedure to repair ligaments in his left thumb, something that veteran described as “offseason maintenance."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen