Eagles linebacker Omar Gaither has a Lisfranc fracture in his foot and is done for the season, coach Andy Reid said today. Gaither injured his foot late in the Oakland game on Sunday and was originally diagnosed with a foot sprain. After a second look, doctors determined that the starting middle linebacker had the Lisfranc.
Other Eagles have had the injury, most notably Brian Westbrook. The running back had the injury several years back. The Eagles have now lost two starting middle linebackers to injury since the beginning of training camp. Stewart Bradley tore his ACL early in camp.
The Eagles signed Will Witherspoon on Tuesday aware that Gaither's injury could be more serious. He will start at middle linebacker and will be spelled occasionally by Jeremiah Trotter on run downs. Joe Mays appears to still be out of the picture even though he was expected to be the starter at middle linebacker after Bradley went down.
The Eagles got some other bad news on the injury front. Defensive end Victor Abiamiri is out for the Monday night game at Washington with a knee sprain. Wide receiver Kevin Curtis is receiving a second opinion on his nagging knee sprain. The Curtis news doesn't sound promising.
There was some good news. Tackle Jason Peters (knee) is expected to practice today and looks to be on target to play Monday. Reid said that Todd Herremans (foot) should play against the Redskins. It sounds as if Herremans will jump back in as the starting left guard. Nick Cole, who filled in for Herremans, is expected to move over to right guard.