Eagles' Line Change Looks Possible

Eagles left tackle King Dunlap missed his second successive day of practice with low back spasms. (Rich Schultz/AP)

King Dunlap, who took over for injured left tackle Jason Peters for last week's loss in Buffalo, missed his second successive day of practice today with low back spasms. The Eagles list Dunlap as "questionable" for Sunday's game at Washington.

If Dunlap can't play, Todd Herremans will move from right tackle to left tackle and last year's right tackle starter, Winston Justice, will see his first action of the season.

Suddenly, the Eagles are out of offensive tackles. Eagles coach Andy Reid said that if Herremans or Justice had to leave with an injury Sunday, he would have to play guard Evan Mathis as a tackle. That would probably mean Jamaal Jackson at center and Jason Kelce at guard.

Justice underwent offseason knee surgery and acknowledged today he has had a long. frustrating road back. 

"I've been working on" new o-line coach Howard Mudd's preferred blocking style, Justice and Mudd working one-on-one for the past month, ever since Justice got healthy enough to do it, Justice said.

Justice again refused to discuss the status of his repaired knee, but said said going back in would be "just like riding a bike." Then he ackowledged he really doesn't do that much bike riding.

Herremans, who began training camp as the starting left guard, has five career starts at left tackle, four of them in his rookie season of 2005, the other in 2009.

Herremans said he would play "wherever I need to." 

"I feel good, I feel comfortable. It's what we've got to do," Herremans said. "It's crazy, when I get in that lefthanded stance, sometimes I automoatically put my hand on the ground, feel like I'm playing guard again. That's basically the only thing you've gotta fight."

Herremans, 29, said Justice, 27, "looks like he's got his punch and everything still -- he looks comfortable."

The switch will match Herremans more against quick, athletic Brian Orakpo, and Justice more against powerful Ryan Kerrigan.

"Kerrigan's a real good player; he's more of a power rusher," Herremans said. "Orakpo's a really, really good player. He just has an array of moves he can give you. He's a little faster than Kerrigan, but Kerrigan gets off the ball real well, too. Howard keeps preaching to us it's not about what they do, it's about what we do."

Herremans was asked if it would be nice to have an offensive line where the same guys played the same spots for a few weeks in a row.

"It doesn't really matter, because that's not what we have," he said. "You gotta roll with what you got."


Running back Shady McCoy said he discerned a new level of focus and determination from practice this week. "Of all the games we've had so far, this is probably the biggest one we'll play," McCoy said.

McCoy said the 3-1 Redskins' defense is faster and more physical than a year ago, when the Eagles went to FedEx Field and racked up 59 points.


DE Juqua Parker is listed as probable with a high ankle sprain. LT Jason Peters (hamstring) and DE Trent Cole (calf) are officially out. DT Cullen Jenkins (tricep) is also probable.


Everybody knows Andy Reid is 12-0 coming out of the bye. He is 5-7 going into the bye, with wins two of the last three years. The Birds also have won 9 of their last 11 at FedEx.