BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Former Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver, who suffered a gruesome career-threatening knee injury last year on opening day, said Thursday he learned the Eagles had released him earlier in the day when he was contacted by Comcast SportsNets Derrick Gunn.
The Eagles announced at 8:19 p.m. in a group email to the media that Weaver and four other players had been released. Gunn called Weaver at 9:40 p.m., and a little while later, Weaver told his 13,515 Twitter followers that he didnt know the Eagles had cut him until Gunns phone call.
Hey there Eagles nation, I'm sorry to say but I just found out I was released by the Eagles, Weaver tweeted. The kicker behind that is that the organization didn't call me and tell me. I had to find out by a reporter.
Now I have mixed feeling about that because I gave everything I had to the organization, and I would think that they would at least call ... and let me know what was going on, but as I have learned over the years, fans, business is business. ... However, I wish the best for the Philadelphia Eagles.
An Eagles spokesman said later Thursday evening that Weaver was informed by a team official that he was released before the information was released to the media. When informed of that response, Weaver tweeted: "yeah but what are they gonna say they left a message, it is still wrong."
Weaver suffered three torn ligaments and nerve damage in a horrifying knee injury during the Eagles opening-day loss to the Packers at the Linc last September. But he was back at the NovaCare Complex the next day, joking with the media and vowing that he would return to the NFL. Hes undergone three procedures on his knee in the 10 months since.
Weaver tweeted recently that his doctors have ruled out a return to the NFL in 2011, but he said he still hopes to play beyond that.
Because of his great personality, eternally positive attitude and tireless charity work, Weaver was one of the most popular and inspirational Eagles in recent years.
Weaver, 28, spent four years with the Seahawks before signing with the Eagles prior to the 2009 season. He carried the football 70 times for a career-high 323 yards (4.6 average) and two touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 140 yards and two more TDs during his 2009 Pro Bowl season. In 63 career games, hes rushed for 679 yards, caught 75 passes and scored seven TDs.
I will miss the fans and friends that I have developed over the years, Weaver tweeted. Eagle nations and all of Philly, thank you for your love and support and the prayers. You all have been a blessing to me and my family. Thank you all once again, and I'll see you all when I comeback!!!!!
And oh believe and trust....I'll be back!
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