Philadelphia Eagles' Defensive Tackle Brodrick Bunkley Likely Out For Season

By Bryn Swartz
PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Broderick Bunkley #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles moves in to tackle Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half on September 21, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley tore a ligament in his elbow and will likely miss the remainder of the season, a league source told NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bunkley injured his elbow in the Eagles’ 27-24 victory against the San Francisco 49ers yesterday.

Bunkley has just nine tackles this season. He hasn’t forced a fumble or registered a sack, and is partly responsible for a defense which ranks 24th in rushing yards allowed.

As a result of Bunkley’s injury, Trevor Laws and Antonio Dixon will receive more playing time. Laws emerged this season as a potential playmaker, with six tackles, two sacks, and two passes defensed in two games this season. Dixon has five tackles and a sack in two games.

This injury will hurt the Eagles’ defense, which has already been struggling this season. The Eagles still have to face arguably the two best running backs in the league, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson, as well as emerging threat Arian Foster.

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