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Surgery Not Needed For DT Bunkley

Head coach Andy Reid provided some great news regarding defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley on Wednesday.

Reid expressed concern on Monday that an elbow sprain suffered in Sunday's win over the 49ers would likely need surgery that could sideline him for the season. However, Bunkley saw team doctor Peter DeLuca and specialist Dr. James Andrews - known for his work on knees, but also an elbow specialist - and the two decided that with rehab and a brace, Bunkley can still play. Because surgery is not needed, the Eagles will not make a roster move at this time at the defensive tackle position.

Reid officially deemed Bunkley as "day-to-day," but did say it would "be a stretch" for him to play this Sunday against the Falcons. There is still some swelling, but the nerve in the elbow that was displaced during the game's opening drive last Sunday has not severely affected Bunkley's strength and is not causing "tremendous pain," per Reid.

Bunkley will not practice on Wednesday. If he can't play, either Antonio Dixon or Trevor Laws - who split the reps in Bunkley's absence - will get the start. The Eagles were able to contain Frank Gore and the 49ers rushing attack without Bunkley. That's a good sign because the Falcons have a physical back of their own in Michael Turner and the league's second-best rushing attack.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:08 p.m., October 13

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