Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon's 2011 season is "most likely" over after he tore his tricep muscle, according to head coach Andy Reid who made the announcement at his Monday press conference. Dixon will undergo surgery in the next couple of days.
Dixon suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers. Dixon was in the backfield trying to get to quarterback Alex Smith when he went to the ground near midfield. Dixon's presence was missed late in the game as the 49ers were able to seal the win with the run game. Reid did not make any announcement regarding a potential replacement on the depth chart. The Eagles do have rookie Cedric Thornton on the practice squad.
A former rookie free agent signing of the Redskins in 2009, the Eagles claimed Dixon off waivers and he played in every game as a rookie amassing 17 tackles. But the 6-3, 322-pound run stuffer took his game to the next level in 2010 and became a starter in 10 games notching 37 tackles and 2.0 sacks.
Entering Sunday's game, Dixon was in a reserve role and had six tackles on the season.
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