Guard Max Jean-Gilles will undergo surgery to repair a fractured right ankle either Monday or Tuesday, Eagles coach Andy Reid said at his news conference this morning. He will also be placed on injured reserve.
"It's similar to what Shawn Andrews had his rookie year," Reid said.
Andrews fractured his right fibula on opening day in 2004 and missed the remainder of the season. Nick Cole replaced Jean-Gilles Thursday night and will start again Dec. 7 when the Eagles travel up the New Jersey Turnpike to play the New York Giants.
Rookie Mike McGlynn, who can play center, guard and tackle, will also likely be activated for the remainder of the season as a reserve lineman. Reid said tackle Chris Patrick, a member of the practice squad, might be promoted to the 53-man roster, but he said it's also possible the team could bring in an extra lineman from outside the organization.
Speaking of Andrews, Reid said the two-time Pro Bowl guard is back in town after spending more than a month in Southern California after undergoing back surgery.
"(Trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and I will meet with him today and see exactly where he's at," Reid said. "The flight was pretty painful for him coming back. That's a long flight."
It remains highly unlikely that Andrews will play again this season.