PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles safety/kick returner J.R. Reed
injured his leg in a freak accident last month and might not be
ready for the start of training camp this summer.
Reed cut the back of his knee while jumping over a fence near
his home in Tampa, Fla., and damaged a nerve that affects the use
of his lower leg and foot.
Reed had surgery March 1, and his status for camp is uncertain.
"I feel terrible for J.R.," Eagles coach Andy Reid said.
"He's worked his entire life to try to make it this far. And to
have a major setback like this occur in such a freak circumstance
is awful. Knowing J.R., he'll continue to work hard to try and make
it back on the field."
Reed, the Eagles' fourth-round draft choice last year, returned
33 kickoffs for a 23.1-yard average. He also saw limited action at
safety, recording 17 tackles.
"It's a bad situation, but I'm going to be very positive about
it going forward," Reed said. "I'm in the process of trying to
get my leg working again."
Meanwhile, quarterback Mike McMahon visited Philadelphia on
Thursday. McMahon spent his first four seasons with the Detroit Lions. He has started seven games, but none since 2002. The NFC
champion Eagles are seeking a third-string quarterback behind Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer.