Reserve outside linebacker Phillip Hunt underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of his left ACL, the team announced Thursday.
Hunt is the fourth Eagles player to suffer a torn ACL this preseason, joining Jeremy Maclin, Arrelious Benn and fellow linebacker Jason Phillips. The first three players sustained the injury on the NovaCare practice fields. It is believed that Hunt was hurt at Lincoln Financial Field Friday against the Patriots.
“We’re looking into everything,” Chip Kelly said after Benn went down. “Obviously, when you have the same injury and it happens in a two‑week span or whatever it is. We’re going to look at it and try to figure out, obviously, is it preventable? Is it something that we can make sure doesn’t happen? But I don’t have any information. I know we’re looking at it. But a lot happens any time we have injuries. Our doctors and trainers are trying to figure that part out how the overall scope of everything we do. But it’s something that we certainly are looking at right now.”
Hunt, who played defensive end the last two seasons for the Eagles, was trying to capture a spot on the roster as an outside linebacker in Billy Davis‘ new 3-4 scheme. Trent Cole, Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham appear to be the only locks to make the team at that position. Hunt’s injury further opens the door for Chris McCoy, who has had a strong camp. Everette Brown and Travis Long are also competing for roster spots.
Hunt has three sacks in 22 games for the Eagles.
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