The Philadelphia Eagles’ head athletic trainer, Rick Burkholder, confirmed that their tackler will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious foot fracture injury on Monday.
Todd Herremans was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday after he was hurt in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 28-13 loss at New Orleans. Herremans was blocking for Eagles running back LeSean McCoy when he collided with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, suffering a dislocated cuboid bone in his right foot.
Herremans also suffered a slight fracture of his fourth metatarsal, tendon strain, and ligament damage, forming what Burkholder described as a “very rare injury.”
“You don’t see this too often in football players,” Burkholder said. “We’re consulting with experts to determine the best course of action.”
Herremans underwent an X-ray, MRI, and CT scan to assess the damage to his foot. Doctors were able to rule out any damage to the Lis Franc joint, but the injury is enough to keep Herremans off the field for the rest of the season.
“But whether he has surgery or doesn’t have surgery, Todd’s going to miss a lot of time,” Burkholder said Wednesday; “With eight weeks left in the season and playoffs, it’s not possible for him to play this season. We want to be very conservative with this and take it slow.”
While Burkholder confirmed that the team would seek a second opinion on Herremans’ injury, he does expect the tackle to make a full recovery in time for the next season.
The Eagles will fill Herreman’s spot on the roster with fifth-round draft pick Julian Vandervelde, a guard/center from the practice squad.