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Eagles KR Reed injures knee in freak accident

PHILADELPHIA (March 10, 2005) -- Eagles safety/kick returner J.R. Reed injured his leg in a freak accident last month and might not be ready for the start of training camp this summer.

Reed cut the back of his knee while jumping over a fence near his home in Tampa, Fla., and damaged a nerve that affects the use of his lower leg and foot.

Reed had surgery March 1, and his status for camp is uncertain.

"I feel terrible for J.R.," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He's worked his entire life to try to make it this far. And to have a major setback like this occur in such a freak circumstance is awful. Knowing J.R., he'll continue to work hard to try and make it back on the field."

Reed, the Eagles' fourth-round draft choice last year, returned 33 kickoffs for a 23.1-yard average. He also saw limited action at safety, recording 17 tackles.

"It's a bad situation, but I'm going to be very positive about it going forward," Reed said. "I'm in the process of trying to get my leg working again."

Meanwhile, quarterback Mike McMahon visited Philadelphia on March 10. McMahon spent his first four seasons with the Detroit Lions. He has started seven games, but none since 2002. The NFC champion Eagles are seeking a third-string quarterback behind Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer.

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