Wolff Has ‘Mini-Microfracture’ Surgery

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Earl Wolff underwent what he described as “mini-microfracture” surgery to help repair damaged cartilage in his right knee.

The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews. He will be on crutches for the next four weeks, he said, and the hope is that he is back to full-speed by the end of April or beginning of May.

Wolff has been unable to shake a knee injury that he sustained last November against the Packers. The decision was made last week to place the second-year safety on injured reserve.

After examination, Dr. Andrews found some missing cartilage and decided that microfracture was the way to go.

“When I woke up [from surgery] that’s when I found out. He was like, ‘Earl, we had to do a microfracture. It wasn’t as severe as most microfractures that were done but we did have to drill a couple holes in there, kind of let it bleed and it will heal over to protect where the cartilage was.’ And I’m really sure that I’ll be OK, that once it heals I’ll be back to full-speed and be as explosive as I was before. I’m looking forward, staying positive and staying optimistic.”

Monday’s injury report looks as follows:


QB Nick Foles (collarbone)

Limited Participant In Practice

LB Emmanuel Acho (groin)

Full Participation

S Nate Allen (ankle), DE Brandon Bair (elbow), TE Zach Ertz (oblique), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), K Cody Parkey (right groin), T Jason Peters (quad)

Given how thin the Eagles are at inside linebacker, Acho is pushing to get back for Thursday’s game. “Just kind of pray for a miracle, but I think I’ll be good,” he said.

Parkey suggested to Les Bowen that his issue is more fatigue from kicking so much but he believes he’ll be fine for Thursday. Ertz is not 100 percent but plans to play in Dallas.