Things have reached a strange state in Eagles Nation when it's a big deal that Winston Justice isn't seriously injured.
But rumors were flying Friday that Justice, who has played right tackle all preseason in place of back-spasmed Shawn Andrews, suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Thursday night' preseason finale against the Jets. That would be a season-ending injury, and seemingly would completely set the table for a Jon Runyan return, if just in a reserve role behind Andrews, who has said he expects to play in the season opener a week from Sunday.
Your Eagletarian's thumbs were a blur as he texted back and forth with Runyan over this possibility. Big Jon had no comment other than to ask what I knew about the extent of Justice's injury. At that point, I was Sgt. Schultz, I couldn't provide any enlightenment. But then, no doubt in response to a number of media queries, an Eagles spokesman phoned to say that neither Justice's pec injury nor cornerback Dimitri Patterson's ankle problem were serious. He said both players are day-to-day and could practice Monday, when the Birds reconvene.
Of course, after watching some of the o-line deep reserves play a lot against the Jets, you could make the case that the Birds should sign Runyan anyway. But that's unlikely.