,BETHLEHEM -- It's early but the injury news for Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri isn't as bleak as first thought.
Abiamiri is out for the remainder of training camp and an indefinite portion of the regular season after undergoing surgery Tuesday for a dislocated left wrist, according to Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder, who detailed the matter later in the day.
If there is good news it's that veteran defensive end Darren Howard said he was able to come back in a couple of months from the "exact same thing" almost down to the number of screws used during surgery.
"Mine was after the first game of the season and I played the last seven games," Howard said of the 2003 season. "It really didn't take that long. I think it was about nine or 10 weeks. It affects you. There's some things you can't do with the cast. But you can play."
Howard had 5 sacks in eight games that year.
Burkholder said Abiamiri had two screws inserted to stabilize the dislocation in the wrist and repairs were made to the ligament surrounding the bone.
"We're going to cut into some of the season, possibly, especially because he can't go here at camp," Burkholder said. "Then you start talking at what point do you keep him live on the roster? I'm not ready to say that it's a season-ending injury but I'm not ready to say that he's going to be ready for the opener, either."
Burkholder said Abiamiri will be reevaluated at the end of training camp when teams traditionally put players on various reserve lists.
Initially Andy Reid feared Abiamiri -- groomed to be the starting left defensive end -- could be sidelined until December.
"It's not good," Reid said. "He was playing well. He's definitely a guy we expected to be in there from the get-go and compete for a starting job."
Howard echoed Reid saying, "It's a blow to this team.
"Abiamiri brought an aspect to the D-line that we didn't have -- a solid 275-pound defensive end. We've just got to pick up the slack."
Reid later got a scare when Chris Clemons was ambulanced to a hospital to be treated for dehydration. The Eagles also feared Clemons might have suffered a concussion in the Tuesday morning practice.
Clemons was released from the hospital in the early evening, though, and almost certainly will be back at practice in the near future.
It was a tough Tuesday for a lot of Eagles.
Injury plagued tight end L.J. Smith was helped off the field with a calf strain.
Defensive tackles Kimo von Oelhoffen (knee) and Broderick Bunkley (shoulder contusion) made company on the sidelines and in the training room with cornerback Asante Samuel (hamstring), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), linebacker Rocky Boiman (leg contusion) and safety Marcus Paschal (dehydration). Paschal returned in the afternoon.
There were so many bodies missing from the D-line that rookie tackle Trevor Laws, fresh off a strained foot, took repetitions with the first team. So many casualties Reid didn't notice Laws.
Veteran safety Brian Dawkins also got a scare about hyper-extending a knee while trying to plant his foot on the soggy field. Dawkins finished out the practice.