posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 06:40 PM
Correll Buckhalter's season-ending injury opened a void in the Eagles backfield. That void was filled by a familiar face in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Dorsey Levens, who played for the Eagles in 2002, has agreed to terms with the team, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported. Levens, who played last season
with the New York Giants, will report to the Eagles on Sunday night.
On the first play of the Eagles' second possession Friday night, Buckhalter took a handoff, made a cut and, before being touched, crumbled to the
turf. He eventually was carted off the field with a a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.
Buckhalter, a fourth-year veteran, underwent an MRI Saturday that confirmed the extent of injury. He will need season-ending surgery to repair the
"It's sad to see. Correll came in in great shape," coach Andy Reid said. "It was a crazy one where no one hit him -- he just made a plant and the
thing went out."
Last season, Buckhalter rushed for 542 yards to go with a team-high eight touchdowns while spitting time with Brian Westbrook and Duce Staley. Staley
signed with the Steelers this offseason, and the Eagles were counting on Westbrook and Buckhalter to share the job.
The other backs on the Eagles' roster are second-year pro Reno Mahe, Eric McCoo and rookie Thomas Tapeh.
McCoo, who has yet to record a carry in a game that counts, spent last year's playoffs on the Eagles' practice squad and led NFL Europe in rushing
this past spring. Tapeh, the Eagles' fifth-round pick this year, doubles as both a fullback and tailback.
This is the second season-ending injury Buckhalter has sustained since the Eagles picked him in the fourth round of the 2001 draft. After showing
promise as a rookie -- he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and rushed for a pair of touchdowns -- Buckhalter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the
first minicamp before his second season.