Winston Justice could require microfracture surgery

The Philadelphia Eagles have some major work to do in the secondary this offseason.

Now, they could have a potentially big void to fill on the offensive line.

Right tackle Winston Justice is having surgery Tuesday on a bone chip in his left knee. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure and as Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington News Journal reports, Justice could require microfracture surgery and if that is the case it could almost certainly wipe out the 2011 season for the right tackle.

According to the report, Andrews will not be able to determine what course of action to take until he has explored the knee. The best possible scenario is that Justice simply requires arthroscopic surgery to clear out the bone chip. In that case, he would need maybe a month to recover. Microfracture surgery could cost him at least next season if not more.

The knee reportedly has bothered Justice since the end of the season. He struggled down the stretch and the injury could be a significant reason why. Certainly the Eagles are hoping for the best.

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