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Justice To Wear Knee Brace For Remainder Of Season

Starting right tackle Winston Justice is the only Eagle not practicing Wednesday, but Justice is hopeful that he'll return to practice Thursday.

"Hopefully," he said. "In my mind, I'm telling myself yes. I think with injuries, it starts with your mind first."

Justice hyperextended his left knee during the 34-24 win last Thursday over the Houston Texans. While blocking Texans Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams, Justice said he was "anchored" when a Texans defensive tackle was thrown into his leg, something Justice said happens "all the time."

As a result, Justice will wear a brace on his left leg for the remainder of the season. Justice added that adjusting to the brace will take some time since he hasn't worn a brace since college, when the Southern California coaches made all the offensive linemen wear braces for precautionary measures. But as Justice said, "that was six years ago."

"The brace makes it feel more stable, that means I'll have a lot more confidence in (the knee)," Justice said. "Hopefully I can adapt fast. That's what athletes do, they adapt."

In Justice's place at right tackle will be King Dunlap, who fared well earlier this season in his stint in place of Jason Peters at left tackle.

"We have full confidence in King," said head coach Andy Reid. "If he has to be the guy that goes, I think all the players have full trust in him."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:11 p.m., December 8

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