The injury news continue to get worse for the Philadelphia Eagles. In his weekly radio show, head coach Andy Reid said today that defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley should miss most of the season with an elbow injury. It’s an injury that will need surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
“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.”
The team hasn’t set up a date for the surgery yet, or figured out a timetable for his return. Regardless of how long Bunkley’s out it’s a huge blow to the Eagles defense.
Philadelphia has one of the worst defenses against the run in the league, ranking24th in the NFL giving up 125.8 yards per game. One of the biggest reasons why they aren’t worse is because of Bunkley.
Brodrick isn’t the greatest players in terms of production, only nine tackles, but he is the teams toughest defender against the run. He’s the big guy in the middle who completely clogs up the middle and keeps offensive lineman from touching middle linebacker Stewart Bradley.
The team will be using backups Trevor Laws and Antonio Dixon to replace Brodrick. Both players have played significant time this year and do a pretty good job of rushing the passer. Law has two sacks and Dixon one BUT who knows how they’ll be stopping the run.
We’ll find out very quickly thou, the Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, who rank second in the NFL rushing for an average of 148.8 yards per game. Time to see if the kids can play.