Eagles ORT Winston Justice is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Alabama to treat a bone chip in his left knee. If the procedure doesn't correct the problem, however, Justice may need a second operation, one that could hold him out of the 2011 season.
Justice hurt his knee in December and will receive treatment from specialist Dr. James Andrews, according to The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal. It is unknown if the surgery will fully repair the damage to the knee and, microfracture surgery may be required. The newspaper reports that the best-case scenario is that Justice will only need arthroscopic surgery for the bone chip, a surgery that has a recovery time of 3-4 weeks.
The injury limited Justice's productivity down the stretch of the season for the Eagles, and the tackle was removed from the team's playoff game vs. the Packers in the fourth quarter after committing three penalties earlier in the game.
The way we see it
Andrews has a history of working wonders on athletes, but even the doctor said he isn't sure how serious Justice's injury is until he's actually looking inside his knee. The major concern for Eagles management is that no matter how long Justice's rehab is, all of it will be done away from the team. If there is a lockout, players will not be allowed to recover at team facilities, and trainers won't be able to oversee the rehab of injured players.