Eric Weddle avoided needing surgery for 13 NFL seasons. His streak is over.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Weddle underwent a meniscus trim, and his recovery is expected to be a matter of weeks, not months.
Thirteen years avoiding surgery in football is pretty good given the collisions Weddle has been involved in over the years. The veteran hasn't missed a start since 2015 with the Chargers.
After getting surgery out of the way, the next phase of the process begins. Weddle must decide if he wants to continue his career.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo noted that there's been no decision yet on Weddle's future, as his first goal was to get his body right before determining the next step.
The veteran signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract in L.A. before the 2019 season. Weddle acknowledged, however, that the Rams appear to be leaning towards going younger at safety with three-year pro John Johnson, and rookie Taylor Rapp, who replaced Johnson on the back end when he was injured after six weeks.
"I'm not going to come back to be a backup, and that's totally fine," Weddle said last month, via ESPN. "That's what I would expect them to do, and so, if that's the case, then it will be it for me. ...
"I think it's a foregone conclusion. Rapp, [Johnson], and we've got some good, young players. So, we'll see. Nothing is set in stone, but I've had a great run. No regrets, baby."
Weddle still owns the ability to patrol the back end and assist in run defense. If his future isn't in L.A., and he decides to continue his career, he'll surely find a squad looking for a veteran presence in the secondary.
Here are other injuries we're monitoring around the league:
»Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (calf) missed a second consecutive practice while tight end Mark Andrews was limited with an ankle injury.
»Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was limited during practice Wednesday with a knee injury.
»Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller was limited in practice as he works his way back from a groin injury. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), wide out Kenny Stills (knee) and defensive end J.J. Watt (shoulder) were also limited.
»The Seattle Seahawks confirmed that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (core) was limited in practice. During his press conference, coach Pete Carroll noted that he is optimistic Clowney can play through the pain, much like he did last week against Eagles. Fellow DE Ziggy Ansah (neck) was also listed as limited.
The 'Hawks made a roster move, as well, promoting offensive tackle Chad Wheeler from the practice squad and placing linebacker Mychal Kendricks (torn ACL) on IR.
»Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, who's been in the concussion protocl, was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark was sidelined with a back injury. Linebacker Preston Smith (ankle), offensive lineman Billy Turner (ankle) and fullback Danny Vitale (knee) were limited.