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Herremans Prepared To Play Left Tackle

It might be best to simply use the adjective offensive lineman in front of Todd Herremans.

Typically, that's reserved for a role player who doesn't have a specific position, but Herremans is far from a role player.

Herremans entered training camp as the starting left guard. He was moved over to right tackle before the last preseason game. On Sunday against Washington, Herremans might be the starting left tackle.

Jason Peters has a hamstring injury was ruled out for Sunday's game. King Dunlap, who started at left tackle in Buffalo, did not practice Thursday or Friday due to back spasms and is officially questionable. Now, it might be Herremans who will have to suit up at left tackle and take on Redskins Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

"I'm playing left tackle this week as far as I know," Herremans said. "We don't have too many other options right now."

Herremans started four games at left tackle as a rookie in 2005 and said on Friday that he feels comfortable at the position referring to it as "real old times."

"I know the technique. I know the steps I'm supposed to take," Herremans said. "It's just getting my body used to doing them on that side."

If Herremans is moved to left tackle, last year's starter at right tackle in Winston Justice will return to the that spot.

"My mindset is to strive to be the best right tackle in the NFL and my mind hasn't changed," Justice said.

Head coach Andy Reid said that left guard Evan Mathis would be the third tackle if Dunlap can't play. If Dunlap plays, he will start at left tackle and Herremans would go back to the right side.

The Redskins, like the Eagles, are one of the best teams at getting to the quarterback. Washington is tied for fourth in quarterback sacks with 15, one behind the Eagles. Herremans said that Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins' first-round draft pick, is more of a power rusher who gets off the ball quick and tries to get the offensive lineman off-balance. Orakpo, whom the left tackle would face, utilizes a wide array of moves.

But no matter who lines up along the offensive line, the important thing is they must dictate to the opponent the tempo of the game.

"What (offensive line coach) Howard (Mudd) keeps preaching to us is that it's not what they do, it's about what we do," Herremans said.


Along with Peters, defensive end Trent Cole (calf) is out for Sunday's game.

The good news for the Eagles is that defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (tricep) and defensive end Juqua Parker (ankle) are probable. The following Eagles are also listed as probable: safety Nate Allen (knee), wide receiver Jason Avant (hip), Justice (knee), safety Jarrad Page (stinger), wide receiver Steve Smith (knee), defensive end Darryl Tapp (pectoral) and guard Julian Vandervelde (elbow).


Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was added to the injury report Friday with a knee injury and was listed as questionable.

Also on the injury report listed as questionable were wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck), tight end Chris Cooley (knee) and running back Tim Hightower (shoulder).

Safety O.J. Atogwe (toe) and running back Darrel Young (hamstring) are probable for Sunday's game.

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