Cole could miss month with calf strain

Trent Cole was injured in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Eagles coach Andy Reid today said that Pro Bowl DE Trent Cole could miss as much as a month, according to reports, with a "significant" strained right calf suffered late in Sunday's loss to the Niners.

Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters' strained left hamstring, suffered on the last offensive play Sunday, could cost Peters "significant" time, too.

King Dunlap confirmed that he will start for LT Jason Peters (hamstring) this week, and expects to start next week, too. Peters is expected to return after the bye.

Reid said in bothCole and Peters' cases, "the next couple of days will be very important." He said both players are "very sore today."

Asked about the importance of losing two Pro Bowl players, one on each side of the ball, Reid said, “I expect other guys to step up and play. If somebody goes down, the next guy steps in and let’s go.”

Also, DT Antonio Dixon tore his left triceps and is out for the season. That makes a total of four defensive linemen (Juqua Parker, ankle; Darryl Tapp, pectoral strain) with injury issues.

Reid said Tapp has made "quite a little bit of progress" and should be out on the field for practice Wednesday. He said Tapp is "very close" to returning.

Parker also is "getting better." Reid said it was unknown yet whether Parker would be able to return to practice.


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