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King Dunlap to replace Peters at left tackle for Eagles

Somewhere, Michael Vick is shaking his head in disbelief.

Eagles starting left tackle Jason Peters is in the same injury boat with defensive end Trent Cole – he will likely be sidelined for a month.

Peters suffered a badly strained left hamstring on the Eagles’ last offensive play Sunday against the 49ers. Peters has been named to the last four Pro Bowls, the last two as an Eagle after joining the team by way of trade in 2009.

His replacement, King Dunlap, is a fourth-year player (’08 seventh-round pick) who was forced into a starting role five times last year due to injuries along the line, twice at left tackle. He failed to win the right tackle gig in training camp this season, which made Todd Herremans move from left guard.

Dunlap, who is 6-9, 330, said he has progressed since new line coach Howard Mudd (who prefers more mobile linemen) benched him.

“I struggled with it a little bit in training camp,” Dunlap said of Mudd’s unique technique demands. “Now, 4 or 5 weeks into the season, I’ve got it down.”

Hopefully, for Vick’s sake, the Auburn alum will have the left tackle spot “down” this week in Buffalo.


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