Thursday, October 22, 2009
Eagles' LB Gaither's season likely over
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As if Eagles linebacker Omar Gaither needed another setback, he'll now undergo Lisfranc surgery on his injured foot and likely miss the rest of the season. The Eagles haven't announced that Gaither's being placed on injured reserve, but that's the logical next step.
Gaither will be replaced in the starting lineup by Will Witherspoon, who arrived in a trade deadline deal with the Rams on Tuesday. Jeremiah Trotter will continue to serve as the backup middle linebacker. At this point, Gaither has to be wondering what he'll have to endure next. He appeared to have a bright future when he replaced Trotter before the '07 season.
But Gaither lost his starting job to Akeem Jordan last season and he was only starting this season because Stewart Bradley was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. You have to credit the Eagles for trading for a pretty solid player in Witherspoon. I know he wasn't all that effective in '08 for the Rams, but he'll be surrounded with more talent on this Eagles team.