PHILADELPHIA — Eagles tackle Todd Herremans suffered a freak foot injury Monday that will force him to miss the remainder of this season.
Herremans was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with what head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder described as a “very rare injury.”
Burkholder explained that Herremans suffered a dislocated cuboid bone in his right foot against the Saints, along with a slight fracture of his fourth metetarsal, ligament damage and a slight tendon strain.
“We’re in the process of gathering second opinions to determine a course of action,” Burkholder said Wednesday.
“But whether he has surgery or doesn’t have surgery, Todd’s going to miss a lot of time.
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.”
He did not suffer any damage to the Lis Franc joint, which is located on the inside of the foot.
Former Kansas City running back Larry Johnson had a similar injury to the cuboid bone in 2007. Burkholder said he expected Herremans to make a full recovery and be back in time for next season.
Herremans was hurt in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 28-13 loss at New Orleans when he became entangled with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan while blocking for Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
He underwent an X ray, MRI and CT scan, which revealed the injury.
“We’re consulting with experts to determine the best course of action,” Burkholder said.
“You don’t see this too often in football players.”
The Eagles filled Herreman’s spot on the 53-player roster by promoting guard/center Julian Vandervelde from the practice squad.
Vandervelde, a fifth-round draft pick by the Eagles in 2011, was released at the end of the preseason, spent a few weeks on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, then joined the Eagles’ practice squad.
Vandervelde is also an accomplished singer who performed the National Anthem during the Eagles’ Flight Night in August.
“My job is to do whatever they ask me to do,” Vandervelde said. “I have no idea what my role will be, but I have to be ready regardless. I want to prove to them that the work I put in on the practice squad will pay off.”
Darryl Tapp becomes a father
Quarterback Michael Vick said he thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the Atlantic City High School football team and his trip to the Atlantic City Convention Center to meet and talk with victims of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday.
Players are usually off on Tuesdays, but Vick said he wanted to do something to show his support and concern for them.
“I’m glad I was able to do that,” Vick said.
“It was great to just step away for a while and just to put everything in perspective. It was something that I felt like I needed to do, from the heart.
“Even though my body was a little sore, I still wanted to go down there, just pay homage and show them that we are thinking about them.”
Bumps and bruises
McCoy (illness), wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (strained hamstring), running back Chris Polk (sprained toe), safety David Sims (sprained ankle) and guard Danny Watkins (ankle soreness) did not practice.
Gilyard has already been ruled out for Sunday against Dallas. McCoy is expected to play.
Safety Nate Allen, who missed the Saints game with a strained hamstring, returned to practice and said afterward that he intends to play.
Darryl Tapp becomes a father
Defensive end Darryl Tapp became a father for the first time Tuesday when his wife, Tiffany, gave birth to daughter Taylor Nicole.
Tapp did not make the trip to New Orleans on Monday in order to be with his wife.
“Family does come first,” Tapp said. “This is my family, too, but I went and talked to coach (Andy) Reid and he sent me away. He said, ‘You’ve got to take care of this. This is your first one.’ I was happy to go, but I definitely missed being out there with the guys.
“I kind of watched the game at the hospital. I was watching it, then I heard my wife going through contractions, so it was kind of a little bit of both.”
Practice squad moves
Defensive tackle Frank Trotter was unemployed for about an hour Wednesday.
The Eagles released him from the practice squad in the morning when they re-signed safety Phillip Thomas. Then they brought him back to the practice squad after promoting Vandervelde. Trotter never cleaned out his locker.
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