Harris Denies Surgery Report, But RT Still Unsettled

Right tackle Ryan Harris has been sidelined since the Eagles' preseason opener. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Channel 10's Howard Eskin and Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn both reported today that Eagles right tackle Ryan Harris has a herniated disk, and Gunn reported Harris will need surgery.

But Harris told your Eagletarian that though he still does not want to talk until he's back on the field, a stance he has maintained through his back problems the past few weeks, "I don't think it's going to come to that. But your source might be better than mine."

An Eagles spokesman said he would check into the reports.

Whatever Harris's status, it sure sounds as if the Eagles' right tackle is going to be Winston Justice, if Justice's repaired knee allows him to practice this week for the first time since training camp started, nearly a month ago. King Dunlap started Thursday's preseason game against the Browns and wasn't terrible, but also wasn't great. Dunlap took a false-start penalty. Reggie Wells, brought back last week, played only in the second half. He seems to be here for veteran depth, despite what Andy Reid said initially about Wells competing for the right tackle spot.

The potential move of left guard Todd Herremans to right tackle seems to be the fallback if Justice isn't ready.

Harris, a former Denver Bronco signed to a one-year deal, has been sidelined since playing the preseason opener two weeks ago.