The lovable Leonard Weaver has been battling a serious knee injury, a result of the screenshot above, and it's highly unlikely he will ever play football again. The injury, for those who don't remember, occurred on his first carry of the 2010 season.
Though Weaver did not play in Philly for an extended period of time, he has always had a strong bond with the city and the fan base. He is a perfect example of an athlete who "gets it." Get us.
In a great article written by Les Bowen of Philly.com, Weaver commented on his mandatory physical exam that he had to go through with Peter DeLuca, the head physician for the Eagles:
DeLuca was upbeat about the progress Weaver had made since their last meeting in July. But then DeLuca had Weaver "dorsiflex" his foot – basically, bring his toes closer to his shin. While the movement was improved from July, it still wasn't normal. Or as Weaver put it a few hours after exiting the complex, maybe for good: "I failed. My foot didn't work."
Weaver reacted to the story by Bowen, and in typical Weave fashion, showed the fans some love:
As usual, that last Tweet left us searching for the punchline. But, for real, Weave was always one of the good guys, and we wish him nothing but the best.
After that heaviness, a moment of levity:
Destroy away, Big Weave. Destroy away.