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Report: Eagles' Justice set for surgery on left knee

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Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Winston Justice is scheduled to undergo left knee surgery Tuesday according to The Wilmington News Journal on Monday, citing a source.

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The surgery, to be performed by renowned Birmingham-based surgeon Dr. James Andrews, will treat a bone chip in Justice's knee, which forced him to miss three games in December.

The News Journal reports that Justice could ultimately require more severe microfracture surgery, but CSNPhilly.com cites a high-ranking team source as saying the procedure is a routine arthroscopic surgery to clean out the knee. 

The source says there's "absolutely no reason" to believe Justice is suffering from a career-threatening injury.

If the lesser arthroscopic surgery is sufficient, recovery time would take about three to four weeks.

Justice injured the knee in the Eagles’ win over the Houston Texans in Week 13. Coach Andy Reid downplayed the injury as a hyper-extension. Justice missed two games before playing against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16. He then sat out the following week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Justice told reporters he was 100 percent heading into the NFC Divisional playoff against the Green Bay Packers, but was pulled in the fourth quarter following an error-filled performance.

The fifth-year veteran has appeared in 41 games, starting 30, since the Eagles drafted him in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of USC.

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