Vandervelde Undergoes Back Surgery

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Julian Vandervelde underwent back surgery on Thursday, per multiple sources.

While timetables for recovery are difficult to predict, particularly when it comes to back injuries, his rehab time is expected to be similar to Dennis Kelly‘s. Kelly had back surgery to repair an L2 disc last August. He was cleared to participate in all football activities in September and had targeted Week 4 for his return. Kelly did not play last season, though, at least in part because the offensive line remained generally healthy last year.




"He's going to need a little bit of patience because you do start over. You have to start from square one once you get cleared," said Kelly. "It was tough going through the season because you're just trying to get your strength back. I'd like to say [I reached 100 percent health] during the season but more realistically [it was] during the spring."

Since Vandervelde has already practiced, he is not eligible for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Vandervelde was listed as Jason Kelce's primary backup on the unofficial depth chart. That job now belongs to David Molk.

Riley Cooper (foot) returned to practice on Sunday at Franklin Field. Same for Jeff Maehl (ankle) who, like Cooper, spent some time in a walking boot.

Nolan Carroll (groin/hamstring) sat out again. Matthew Tucker was a spectator at practice; same for Jake Knott (hamstring).

Chris Polk (hamstring) took part in some individual drills but had no helmet on.

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  • RIP illa

    Good luck to the guy going forward, but this is great news for me. I have always wanted him off the team (since the day Reid drafted him)! No Casey Matthews level hate here. Just never thought he was that good or showed anything to be worthy of being drafted and maintaining a spot on our squad.

    • John E. Zang

      Yeah I mean good luck to him and it’s unfortunate for him but he has constant back problems and he always looks a bit overweight and a bit flabby. He’s an Andy guy all the way. Remember Max Jean-Gillis or that little fat Cole on OL? I’m just surprised he’s still on the roster. I guess he’s the only back up center with experience and versatility they have.

  • Johnny Domino

    Got a goal line seat for Molk vs. Beau Allen in 11 on 11 right now, looks like somebody wheeling a floor safe into a fire plug.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Kelly should have been IR’ed last year; he took up a roster spot and never played a snap. Hope they don’t make the same mistake with Vandervelde. Make room for Bamiro or Villanueva.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      Been a big Bamiro fan since they signed him. Haven’t seen all that athleticism translate yet. Starting to look like the 2014 King Dunlap-Mohmah.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        I hope Momah makes the roster just to see you’re reaction.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          I want to see him cut on the same day as Kruger, caseymatthews, and murderleg, so we get all the circus sideshows off the team at the same time.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I’m not down for Kruger getting cut. Maybe PS for another season.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I can live with PS

          • Javi Echie

            Couldn’t agree more Kruger is easily replacable by Bair, Momah sucks I’d rather have Mael since he plays special teams, I dunno why Mathews is even still on the roster and Spear sucks something bad

          • paul from nc

            and Carmichael. I could live with Kruger

      • Eaglehaslanded

        Momah looked pretty good in practice today. I prefer him over Benn and Maehl.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          What precisely were the drills in which Mohmah looked good? The being tall drill? The waiving aimlessly at balls drill? Or the get-blanketed-by-a-5’9″ CB drill?

          • Eaglehaslanded

            He looked good in all the drills you can not and do not have the physical ability or skill set to practice on a pro level. That’s why you know his name and are sitting wherever the heck commenting about him, not out there covering him….sitting on the couch computer keyboard GM….lmao @ you!

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    I’m not sure what Kelly likes about Tucker. Sure he scored the other night, but he doesn’t stand out in any way. I’d like to see them get the ball to Josey more. The kid can flat out run.

  • John

    Bleacher reports link to this article has a picture of danny watkins at the combine lol

    • John E. Zang

      Bleacher Report is a sad excuse for a sports site. It’s like reading the tabloids in line at the grocery store. Plus the people commenting are trash and young kid trolls that just get off on talking smack to one another. Not to mention the entirely baseless opinionated articles written by mostly fantasy football nerds with a degree from Phoenix.