Into an atmosphere of raging training camp optimism Tuesday dropped a source of concern for the Eagles.
According to the team, Jason Kelce, whose presence in the middle of the line has been a constant since 2011 and whose leadership is priceless, underwent early morning surgery Tuesday on his left elbow. Meant to relieve discomfort, the operation is considered relatively minor, and every NovaCare Complex hum was that the veteran center will be available for the Sept. 11 season opener in Detroit.
“After trying to work through discomfort in his elbow, it was agreed that a routine cleanout was in his best interest,” the Eagles stated, “and would also allow for a speedy recovery.”
Kelce, 34, has started the last 122 games, placing him behind only Jon Runyan (144), Herm Edwards (135), Jerry Sisemore (127) and Randy Logan (124) on the all-time Eagles list. The center has frequently mentioned how important that streak has been to him, adding urgency to his recovery.
With Nick Sirianni ever reluctant to use starters in preseason games, Kelce’s absence is not likely to create an immediate crisis. For camp purposes, second-round draft choice Cam Jurgens, 22, from the University of Nebraska, will take first-team snaps.
“Honestly, I like the way he moves,” offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said last week of Jurgens. “We saw in college the screen game, but when he works double-teams with the guards inside, just the way he gets those double-teams off and comes off to the next level is really impressive. So, we’re really excited about Cam.”