Leonard Weaver Walks the Long Road

Leonard Weaver Walks the Long Road

Professional football is a brutal and unforgiving business. Injuries occur, the game stops, the player is helped off the field, and the game goes on. The game always goes on.

Fans quickly shift their thoughts from concern for the injured player to whether the unproven rookie, thrust into action, can step up and replace the production of the injured player. We wonder how the coaches will adjust the game plan to compensate for the loss. The game goes on.

But what happens when the game stops for the injured player? What happens when that player is as open, gregarious, and eternally optimistic as Leonard Weaver? Well, in the case of Big Weave and his Twitter feed we're constantly reminded not to forget.

The injury Weaver suffered was gruesome. Fresh off of a Pro Bowl season in 2009 he was primed for a big year in 2010. Everything changed the opening week of the season against Green Bay. B.J. Raji and Nick Barnett converged on Weaver -- Raji high, Barnett low -- and the ligaments in Weave's left knee essentially exploded. As if that wasn't enough, he also suffered nerve damage.

At a minimum his season was done. More likely than not, the injury was a career ending. Four months after suffering the injury he couldn't even lift his left foot. To this day he has no feeling in his left foot. Regaining the ability to walk normally would have been considered a successful recovery. But don't tell that Leonard Weaver. He wants to come back. All the way back.

If you follow Weaver on Twitter you know all about his kids, his dogs (Mango and Dream), and his ongoing rehab. He makes Don Tollefson, aka Tolley Sunshine, seem depressed. What you don't know is how challenging his rehab has really been.

Well, if you watch this video you'll know. Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn traveled to Alabama and caught up with Weaver as he continues his rehab. The piece is fantastic. What took it to another level was when Kevin Wilk, Weaver's physical therapist, a man who is trained to push elite athletes past their breaking point, breaks down himself. Wilk is simply overcome by emotion at the thought that Weaver might not make it back.

The piece is a shade over five minutes long, but is beyond worthwhile. Leonard Weaver has convinced himself that he'll be back. Who are we to tell him otherwise? Lord knows the game goes on.

Photo Credit:Howard Smith - US Presswire

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract. 

Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.  

In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015. 

Thomas (6-5, 315 pounds) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing against the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016. 

In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries. 

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]