Eagles tight end James Casey, one of the team’s top free-agent signings, is out for a few weeks after undergoing a minor knee procedure.
Casey, who is expected to play a versatile role that includes fullback duties, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He is expected to be in full health by training camp.
On his Twitter timeline, Casey wrote: “I had a minor scope done on my right knee. I'll be back to full speed in two weeks. Better to get it taken care of now.”
Casey had surgery earlier in the week, which further explains the team’s decision to sign tight end Will Shaw and release rookie running back Miguel Maysonet. Casey did practice Monday, which was open to the media, so the procedure took place either Tuesday or Wednesday.
New coach Chip Kelly’s offense is expected to lean heavily on tight ends, an area of top priority so far this offseason. The Eagles signed Casey to a three-year, $14.5-million deal early in free agency to complement veteran Brent Celek and then drafted Stanford vertical-threat tight end Zach Ertz last month in the second round with the 35th overall pick.
The Eagles also have fourth-year pro Clay Harbor and second-year pro Emil Igwenagu on the roster. Igwenagu, who can also play fullback, stands to benefit most from Casey’s absence. Ertz is not able to practice with the team until Stanford holds its graduation ceremony.
A four-year pro, Casey last year had his most productive season for the Houston Texans. He set career highs in receptions (34), yards (330) and touchdowns (three).