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Reid: Dunlap To Start At Left Tackle

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Head coach Andy Reid officially unveiled on Wednesday one change to the depth chart - King Dunlap will assume the throne once again at left tackle.

"He's healthy now, so he'll go back in and play," Reid said.

Dunlap took over the left tackle job from Demetress Bell following the first preseason game. Dunlap started the first two games of the season before suffering a hamstring injury in the third quarter of the Week 2 win against Baltimore. Dunlap missed two games before returning in a reserve role for the Steelers and Lions contests.

It should be noted that the 6-9, 330-pound Dunlap started at left tackle in 2010 against this week's opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. In that game, Dunlap dominated Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham and held him to just one tackle.

"I think it's going to help having King back," quarterback Michael Vick said. "He's a solid veteran football player who knows our scheme and knows how to play. I'm very glad to have him back out there and I'm pretty sure he'll do a great job."

Reid said the only thing that slowed Dunlap's return to the starting lineup was the injury. He wanted to make sure Dunlap was 100 percent healed.

"The big guys are pushing around big guys. There's more to it than just running," Reid said. "There's that, 'Does he have his full strength back? Can he be effective?' You put him in a bad position where he's pushing on another big body and that thing tears or he pulls it on a screen then you're taking steps back. We had a good player who could play, so it all worked out fine."

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