Breaking News: Saints starting left tackle Jammal Brown has left Houston to get tests done for a possible sports hernia injury, according to wwltv.com.
A sports hernia can be a debilitating injury for a football player. It is the weakening of the tissue of the muscles of the lower abdomen, connecting to the pubic bone, which form a wall and the core of most athletic movements. The pain of the injury limits flexibility and power, and since it involves a partial tear to soft tissue it can be difficult to detect. But the pain is very real.
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb suffered from a sports hernia and had multiple surgeries in 2005 to help patch the problem and relieve the pain. McNabb continued to play despite the pain. Finally, ten games into the 2005 season McNabb had the surgery and missed the rest of the year.
Brown has been an anchor for the Saints at left tackle since his second year, 2006. He started at right tackle as a rookie and has started 58 games since being picked in the first round of the 2005 draft.
UPDATE: Brown is in Philadelphia seeing a specialist and has been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.
Former fourth round pick Jermon Bushrod took snaps with the first team at left tackle during joint practices with the Texans this week in Brown's absence.