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Dunlap has back spasms

UPDATE: Eagles left tackle King Dunlap was out of practice Thursday with low back spasms, according to the team.

Dunlap has back spasms

Eagles offensive lineman King Dunlap left practice early on Thursday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles offensive lineman King Dunlap left practice early on Thursday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: Eagles left tackle King Dunlap was out of practice Thursday with low back spasms, according to the team.

Winston Justice, who has played most of his career at right tackle, took snaps there during practice. That move would require sliding Todd Herremans from right tackle to left, where Jason Peters is out with a hamstring injury. (Herremans, a guard most of his career, has played left tackle before).

Justice was active last week -- and indication that he could play if needed -- but said he was limited in what he could say because coach Andy Reid told him not to talk about injuries.

"Anyone who dresses has to be ready to play," Justice said.

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Justice would not answer questions about if he is "100 percent" healthy after offseason knee surgery. He was still walking with a noticeable limp in the locker room.

If Justice can't play, Evan Mathis, a college tackle, is a potential option at right tackle. In that scenario, center Jason Kelce could fill in at guard, which would open the door for Jamaal Jackson to return at center. All of this, of course, hinges on Dunlap's health. If he is healthy Sunday, the offensive line set up will remain the same as last week.

Dunlap did not speak to reporters Thursday so it's not clear exactly how serious his back injury is. Friday's practice should be a good indication of if he will be available Sunday.


Eagles tackle King Dunlap was out of Thursday's practice although it was difficult to ascertain if he had suffered an injury.

He was spotted walking from the team's indoor practice facility, where the team was working out, with Eagles strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin. Asked if he was OK, Dunlap said, "Yeah."

Dunlap started at left tackle for the injured Jason Peters (hamstring) against the Bills on Sunday and was expected to be back in there for Sunday's game at Washington.

Eagles practice rules forbid the reporting of personnel moves, so Dunlap's replacement at left tackle -- at least for Thursday's practice -- cannot be revealed as of yet. Winston Justice is the only reserve tackle on the roster right now, although most of the offensive linemen on the roster have the ability to play outside.

Justice has played all but one game in his career at right tackle, though. Todd Herremans has been at right tackle all season, although he has played left tackle before. Justice spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he rehabbed from off-season knee surgery. He was active last week for the first time this season.

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