Eagles defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley needs surgery on his left elbow and could be out for the year, coach Andy Reid said tonight on his radio show.
"He's going to have to have surgery on that elbow," Reid said. "That's not a good thing. He had ligament damage in there. The nerve to where your funny bone is, that nerve shifted and so they have to go in and straighten it out. It's not a career-ending thing, but it's going to take time to get him back."
Bunkley’s snaps have been down this year, with Trevor Laws finally playing effectively and last year’s undrafted free agent find, Antonio Dixon, settling into a stronger role in the defensive tackle rotation. Dixon stepped in for Bunkley Sunday night and notched his first sack of the season.
Bunkley was injured while attempting to make a tackle on San Francisco's first possession and the arm was bent back.
Also, left tackle Jason Peters potentially has cartilage damage in his knee, Reid said. Peters underwent an MRI today and is scheduled for further evaluation.
"He can't support his weight on it, so it collapses on him," Reid said.
King Dunlap replaced Peters Sunday night after he was injured.
If Peters is unvailable this week against Atlanta, and the Eagles decide Dunlap isn’t the answer, they could move left guard Todd Herremans outside and play Reggie Wells in Herremans’ spot, though Reid did not bring up this possibility on his show. Reid did not do his normal day-after news conference because of the late trip back from the West coast.
Reid said he expects both cornerback Asante Samuel and wide receiver Riley Cooper to be both this week. Both sat out with concussions.
He said Michael Vick is making progress, but would not commit to Vick returning Sunday.