August 31, 2007

Feeley Breaks Hand, Status For Greenbay In Doubt

The Eagles announced on Friday that quarterback A.J. Feeley underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured third metacarpal -- a bone on the top of the hand -- in his left hand. The procedure was performed by Dr. John Taras in Philadelphia.

Feeley's status for next Sunday's game at Green Bay will be determined at a later date.

Feeley took a couple of huge hits in the first quarter of Thursday's 13-11 loss to the Jets, and one knocked him for more than a loop. Feeley broke the third metacarpal bone in his left hand during the game, but said afterward, and before the surgery, that he would be fine to play as the No. 2 quarterback next Sunday in Green Bay.

"It feels fine, actually," said Feeley. "It swelled up a little bit and that was it. I couldn't tell you how it happened. It could have been a helmet, I don't know. I'll be ready to go against Green Bay. It's not a big deal. It's my off hand."

Feeley said he actually played a series with the broken bone and "it didn't hinder my throwing at all." Feeley completed 6 of 9 passes for 79 yards in his brief time on the field. He was sacked three times.

Despite Feeley's insistence that he is fine, the team sent him to a hand specialist on Friday morning.

"We'll see what the hand specialist says," said head coach Andy Reid after the game.

Very quickly, Feeley had surgery and we'll find out in the coming week if he will be OK for Green Bay.

Feeley was immediately taken for X-rays after he exited late in the first quarter. Feeley returned to the sidelines without a wrap or any kind of bandages on his left hand."

It shouldn't hinder anything, so I should be ready to go," said Feeley, who said he had never experienced a broken hand before now.


Feeley is a tough dude, but there is no way he could play a week after breaking his hand. I don't care which hand it is. They should just let Feeley heal up completely, and have Kevin Kolb be the backup. Kolb had an excellent pre season, and he will have to do as the backup for a few weeks. Hopefully it never even comes down to that.

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