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Reid: Allen To Likely Have Surgery On Tuesday

On the day after what head coach Andy Reid called "one of the great all-time games in NFL history," he talked about one of the few disappointing aspects of Sunday's 38-31 win over the New York Giants - the loss of free safety Nate Allen to a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee.

Reid said that Allen "will most likely" have surgery on Tuesday. Head team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca will perform the operation. Kurt Coleman, a rookie like Allen, will be the starter at free safety moving forward.

"He's done a nice job," Reid said of Coleman. "He plays physical football. The guys have confidence in him."

Luckily for the Eagles, that was the only major injury to take place on Sunday.

Wide receiver Jason Avant made a pivotal block on DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return when he hurled himself into Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie. In the process, Avant suffered what Reid termed a "slight concussion." Avant was tested on Monday morning and Reid said that he did well.

Defensive tackle Mike Patterson came out of Sunday's win with a "sore knee" and is getting an MRI on it.

Three Eagles who missed Sunday's game are making improvements. Linebacker Stewart Bradley was out with a dislocated elbow. He still has swelling in the elbow, which the Eagles trainers are working on relieving. Linebacker Keenan Clayton missed the game with a hamstring injury. Clayton is going to try and do some work in practice this week. Offensive tackle Winston Justice had a good workout on Monday, per Reid. Justice has missed the last two games after hyperextending his knee against the Texans. The important thing for Justice is to see how he can handle a bullrush.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:25 p.m., December 20

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