Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kevin Curtis fighting cancer

Former Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis recently had surgery for testicular cancer. Now, he's looking to get back into the league.

Kevin Curtis fighting cancer

Kevin Curtis recently had surgery for testicular cancer. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Kevin Curtis recently had surgery for testicular cancer. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

It's hard to believe that just last year, Kevin Curtis was one of the Eagles' starting wide receivers in Week 1.

Now, just over a year later, he's preparing to get back into the league while battling testicular cancer.

The Eagles released Curtis in March after he spent three seasons here. Doug Robinson of the Deseret News writes about how Curtis had surgery a couple weeks ago to remove a cancerous testicle.

The good news is that the cancer has not spread. Curtis had to decide between undergoing radiation treatments now or reporting for tests every three months to make sure the cancer had not returned. He chose to hold off on radiation treatments with hopes of playing in the league this season. Curtis was hoping to hold off on surgery also, but that was considered too risky.

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Per the article, at least six teams have contacted Curtis since the Eagles released him.

"I don't know if anyone is interested now," he said. "Teams with issues called and said let us know when you're ready. I was the best option during camp. My agent will send a letter to the teams telling them what's going on and to keep us in mind for an emergency guy. He'll tell them our plan and when I'll be ready. A lot is going to depend on needs."

Curtis' best season came with the Eagles in 2007 when he caught 77 balls for 1,110 yards and six touchdowns.


Here's the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles as they prepare to take on the 49ers.

SI.com's Peter King credits Eagles fans for giving Donovan McNabb a standing ovation last week:

I think the Eagles fans did one of the classiest things I've seen in that city in -- well, in forever, when they heartily cheered Donovan McNabb.

McNabb never delivered the voracious Philly crowd a championship, but he played his best and he showed class for 11 years, and on Sunday the fans responded -- stunningly, I thought -- with probably 85 percent cheers when he was introduced last in the pregame introductions.

ESPN.com dropped the Eagles three spots to No. 17 in its power rankings:

The Eagles have gone from quarterback crisis to quarterback disaster.

Jason Whitlock of FoxSports.com rips Andy Reid for his clock management:

In the most hyped game of the season, Reid’s inability to manage the clock overshadowed Michael Vick’s potentially season-changing rib injury, Donovan McNabb’s mixed-bag return to Lincoln Financial Field and Kolb’s return to the Philadelphia lineup. After watching the Eagles bungle a touchdown opportunity just before halftime, Herm Edwards and Dick “Father Time” Curl were reportedly spotted cackling in joyous celebration.

Michael Lombardi of NFL.com goes easy on Reid this week for his clock management:

Reid got blindsided, because when Kevin Kolb went to call the play, the quarterback entered the huddle with just 10 seconds left on the play clock, which coming off a timeout seems to be strange (and suspicious). Most teams, once the timeout is nearing conclusion, send their quarterback on the field with a call, but for some reason the clock was running and the Birds' entire bench failed to notice until it was too late. It was a bad play, but I am not sure this is all Reid's fault.

Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 20th in his power rankings:

It's a good thing that the rest of teams in the NFC East aren't playing consistently good football. The Eagles have to be kicking themselves for last week's loss to the Redskins. The injuries continue to pile up on offense, so it will be interesting to see if Philadelphia can overcome them.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 15th:

It's back to Kevin Kolb now with the injury to Michael Vick. This is the guy the Eagles wanted to play anyway. But the line might get him killed.

USA Today has the Eagles 15th in its power rankings.

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