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Leonard Weaver | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/23/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 250
College: Carson-Newman
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Former Eagles and Seahawks FB Leonard Weaver has retired from football.
Weaver is only 30, but hasn't been able to play since 2010 due to a catastrophic injury that included a torn ACL and PCL, and a "completely destroyed" left foot muscle with extensive nerve damage. Weaver played five seasons in the NFL, earning 2009 All-Pro honors as a fullback in Philadelphia. He finishes his career with seven touchdowns and a 4.50 yards-per-carry average. Mon, Apr 22, 2013 02:50:00 PM

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Free agent FB Leonard Weaver (foot) concedes that a return to the NFL is "not going to happen this season."

Weaver is recovered from his torn ACL and PCL, but the muscle that allows a player to flex his left foot was "completely destroyed" and the nerve damage hasn't healed sufficiently. Weaver was told by Dr. James Andrews two years ago there was a "99 percent" chance he'd never play again. He recently failed an Eagles physical because his foot "didn't work" well enough to flex. Weaver's injury is similar to the one that ended the career of Dolphins Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson back in 1987.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 08:41:00 AM

Eagles released FB Leonard Weaver.

The Eagles are on the hook for $1 million of Weaver's $2.5 million salary after a career-threatening injury. Weaver shredded the knee, tearing his ACL and PCL while also suffering nerve damage. As if that wasn't bad enough, he's also undergone a tendon transfer surgery on his left foot -- believed to be the first of its kind for a football player. We don't expect to see him in a uniform in 2011, though we hope to see him back on the field at some point.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 08:23:00 PM

Eagles FB Leonard Weaver has profusely apologized for comparing the state of the NFL to modern-day slavery.

"Now that I have seen it, I will say that it was hard for me to watch and after thinking about it, I've come to the conclusion that I represented my family, friends, and organization the wrong way," Weaver tweeted. "I'm sorry for those words I used and if I offended anyone, please forgive me. To all of my fans whom I've disappointed, I'm sorry."
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 10:11:00 AM

Eagles FB Leonard Weaver is the latest player to come out in support of Adrian Peterson's comparison of the NFL to "modern-day slavery."

"We love [the fans] very much, but at the same time we need to see some equal opportunity here and stop treating us basically like Adrian Peterson said, like slaves," said Weaver. We understand that NFL players, among the most competitive people on the planet, are lashing out verbally due to frustration. But this preposterous comparison needs to stop. NFL players aren't slaves. They're human capital, part of the labor force, and subject to the employers' rules.
Source: CSN Philly
Wed, Mar 23, 2011 09:25:00 AM

In addition to multiple knee surgeries, Eagles FB Leonard Weaver has also undergone a rare tendon transfer surgery on his injured left foot.

Fox Sports' Adam Caplan believes Weaver is the first NFL player to test the procedure, which seems similar in nature to Tommy John surgery. Weaver's $2.5 million salary is guaranteed for skill and injury, so the Eagles owe him $1 million even if he's cut. The odds are stacked against Weaver playing in 2011, if ever again.
Wed, Mar 16, 2011 10:31:00 AM

Leonard Weaver conceded that there is no time frame for his return from multiple knee surgeries.

Weaver is entering uncharted water as he tries to come back from a torn ACL, torn PCL and nerve damage. Although the fullback is one of the Eagles' true team leaders and one of the most liked players in the locker room, the team has to be preparing as if he won't be able to play in 2011. Owen Schmitt is the likely Week 1 starter.
Mon, Jan 31, 2011 12:00:00 PM

Leonard Weaver underwent a followup procedure on his left knee in November to clean up scar tissue.

Weaver's initial reconstruction was to repair a torn ACL, a torn PCL, as well as nerve damage. "It was a horrible injury, actually," Weaver's agent conceded. "This wasn't just a typical ACL or an MCL. This was pretty much major." Weaver fully intends to play in 2011, though he's no longer guaranteed a roster spot with the Eagles. His NFL future is in question at age 28.
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 12:27:00 PM

Eagles FB Leonard Weaver (ACL, PCL surgery) confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that he intends to continue his football career.

Weaver also suffered nerve damage when he blew out his left knee in the season opener. Something to keep in mind for those who still buy NFL teams' injury updates: The Eagles initially called it a "sprain." Weaver is under contract for $2.5 million in 2011. He'll have to show progress to be retained.
Wed, Jan 12, 2011 11:01:00 PM

Eagles FB Leonard Weaver underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and PCL in his left knee Tuesday.

Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Weaver suffered nerve damage, something that could end his career. His status for next year's training camp is up in the air.
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 11:24:00 AM

Eagles placed FB Leonard Weaver on injured reserve with three ligament tears and nerve damage in his left knee, ending his season.

He'll need major reconstructive surgery. A useful and highly versatile fullback prior to the injury, Weaver had just signed an extension through 2012 this offseason. Coming off such a serious injury, he won't be brought back at his 2011 salary of $2.5 million, and might be lucky just to play again.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 06:47:00 PM

Leonard Weaver suffered damage to "at least three ligaments in the injured knee, plus nerve damage," a source tells FOX's Adam Caplan.

This sounds like it could end Weaver's career. Nerve damage is particularly hard to overcome, especially for a running back/fullback like Weaver. The Eagles will move forward with a free agent fullback and add the extra short-yardage duties to LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 12:10:00 PM

Leonard Weaver is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Weaver's knee injury was so gruesome that it's possible he suffered multiple ligament tear. This should open up extra short-yardage work for Mike Bell and LeSean McCoy, although the Eagles will likely add a fullback like Jason Davis off the waiver wire.
Sun, Sep 12, 2010 07:52:00 PM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that the "initial fear" is Eagles FB Leonard Weaver has a torn ACL.

If you saw the injury, you wouldn't be surprised if Weaver tore multiple ligaments in the knee. Eagles players are dropping like flies on Sunday.
Sun, Sep 12, 2010 06:24:00 PM

Eagles FB Leonard Weaver left Sunday's game against the Packers with a left knee injury. The team is initially calling it a sprain.

This one looked bad for one of the nicest guys in the NFL. Weaver's foot got stuck in the turf while his knee was bent back the wrong way. His absence would open up more short-yardage work for Mike Bell.
Sun, Sep 12, 2010 05:08:00 PM

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