The Eagles offensive line situation has been further complicated this week due to the injury to King Dunlap and his uncertain status for Sunday. Dunlap was quite good last week filling in for Jason Peters and basically shut down Shawne Merriman (which isn’t as hard as it used to be but still commendable). However, Dunlap had a flare up of back spasms in practice this week and has been sideline. Andy Reid said this week that Dunlap will play this weekend if the spasms go away, but if not, we’re going to see some shuffling around.
Todd Herremans will slide over from RT to LT and Winston Justice will play for the first time this year at his familiar RT spot. Herremans talked today about the challenges of the move.
“Yeah, I mean, we don’t have too many other options right now, so just making the transition like that, more than anything is, I know the technique, I know the steps I’m supposed to take and everything, it’s just getting my body used to doing them on that side. I kind of got used to being over on the right again, and then the switch up. The main thing is we want to get our five best guys out there possible, whatever arrangement we have, you know, then go out there and win the game.”
One of the biggest challenges is of course the matchup he’ll get. He said that Brian Orapko is a different kind of rusher than Ryan Kerrigan.
“That’s probably one of the changes. You know, [Redskins DE Ryan] Kerrigan is a real good player. He’s more of a power rusher. You watch him, and he’s getting off the ball and trying to get you on your heels and get your weight rolling, and then he just kind of plows into you. Orakpo is a really, really good player. He just has an arrangement of moves that he can give you. He can bull you if he wants, he can rip up field, or he can come underneath.”