Menkin happy to be back, talks throat injury

Menkin happy to be back, talks throat injury
August 14, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Nate Menkin was back on the practice fields at Methodist Training Center on Wednesday morning, just like he was last training camp.

But in the meantime, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Menkin, 24, was traded to the Texans on Monday for wide receiver Jeff Maehl, who is reunited with his Oregon coach, Chip Kelly, in Philadelphia.

It’s a homecoming for Menkin, who is from Lago Vista, Texas, and played college football at Division III Mary Hardin-Baylor. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Texans last offseason but was released at final cuts.

“It’s awesome,” Menkin said on Wednesday. “I was born here. It’s my starting spot, really familiar with the coaches, the whole Houston Texans organization is a great place to be. So I’m excited to be able to come in and help impact the team and hopefully get a spot.”

Last offseason, Menkin made it with the Texans up until final cuts but was waived. Menkin said the Texans told him they planned on getting him to the practice squad but the Eagles picked him up off of waivers.

“It was a roller coaster, which the NFL always is,” Menkin said about joining the Eagles last season.

Menkin was on the Eagles’ 53-man roster in 2012 but didn’t play a single snap. His season ended with a bizarre injury that landed him on the Injured Reserve.

During practice leading up to the Eagles’ Week 14 game against the Buccaneers, Menkin suffered an unusual injury: torn throat cartilage.

The injury happened during practice when the hand of a defensive lineman missed Menkin’s chest and planted into his throat.

Ouch.

But Menkin said the injury wasn’t as painful as it might sound.

“It hurt at the time,” he said, “but weirdly enough, it didn’t swell more than just the muscle because it’s just cartilage, you know. There’s not a lot of things that popped or tore necessarily.”