Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brodrick Bunkley may be out for the year

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley may miss the rest of the season, costing the Eagles another starter, Andy Reid said Monday.

Brodrick Bunkley may be out for the year

Eagles defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley may be done for the season with his injured elbow. ( David Maialetti / staff photographer )
Eagles defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley may be done for the season with his injured elbow. ( David Maialetti / staff photographer )

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley will need surgery on his injured left elbow and is could be out for the year, Andy Reid said Monday on his weekly radio show on WIP.

"It looks like Bunkley is possibly done for the year," Reid said. "He's got surgery on that elbow. That's not a good thing, he had ligament damage in there. The nerve where your funny bone is, that nerve in there shifted. It's not a career ending play, but it's going to take time to get him back."

UPDATE: Reid also said left tackle Jason Peters may have cartilage damage in his knee, and the team would know more in the next few days.

"He can't support his weight on it," Reid said. King Dunlap filled in for Peters Sunday and had a poor showing.

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Bunkley left the game in the first half, leaving the Eagles with just three true defensive tackles: Mike Patterson, Trevor Laws and Antonio Dixon, though Darryl Tapp and Brandon Graham play inside at times.

If Bunkley is indeed out, the Eagles will have lost three starters for the year: fullback Leonard Weaver, center Jamaal Jackson, not to mention having two starting quarterbacks hurt in the first five games.

Reid also said that defensive end Antwan Barnes, released this week to make room for wide receiver Chad Hall, is likely gone for good. Reid didn't say it, but the Eagles likely need to add depth at defensive tackle, wide receiver or both.

Reid also was noncommittal when asked about who starts at quarterback this week. Michael Vick likely needs more time to heal, but Reid isn't saying so.

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