By Barbara Harrison
Eagles kicker Cody Parkey knew something was wrong even before last Sunday’s 24-17 win over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.
The pain in his groin had gotten much worse, but he adjusted his technique against the Jets, using a more straight-on kicking style to try and compensate for the pain.
His kickoffs suffered — one rolled out of bounds, one only went to the 8-yard line — but he made a 30-yard field goal and all three of his PATs in the Eagles’ 24-17 win.
“I was obviously trying to use my other muscles a little bit,” he said. “It was pretty painful, but I was able to knock them through.”
The next day, Parkey underwent an MRI that revealed three torn muscles.
The Eagles placed the Pro Bowl kicker on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season after three games. They signed former Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis to take his place.
Parkey said he won’t need surgery.
“Obviously, it’s a long-term injury, so short-term IR was not an option,” Parkey said after practice Tuesday. “So I’m just rehabbing and I’ve got to come back sronger.”