Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Oct 2010

Brodrick Bunkley Out For The Season?

Andy Reid said the following on his radio show today:

- Brodrick Bunkley suffered a torn ligament in his elbow against the 49ers
- It doesn't appear to be a career-ending injury, but is serious
- Bunkley is "possibly" out for the year

I would suspect that Bunkley's done for the season.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 11 Oct 2010

17 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2010, 2:58pm by chemical burn


by bubqr :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 6:29pm

More injuries please.

Edit : that GB-PHI opening game doomed both teams.

by Harris :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 6:30pm

Oh, fuck me. Trevor Laws has been wrecking havoc as the nickle DT. I hope he can keep it up as a starter.

Hail Hydra!

by chemical burn :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 8:02pm

I strongly suspect Antonio Dixon will become the nominal starter and come out in anything resembling a passing down.

Also, fuuuuuuuuck. It's like they have a list of the best non-famous Eagles and are injuring them game by game. I just hope Mikell is famous enough to avoid the curse...

by Spielman :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 9:41pm

"I just hope Mikell is famous enough to avoid the curse..."


by Alex51 :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 9:41pm

Fuck! At this rate, we'll finish the season 10-6, with all of our starters injured by the end. It'll be the first time ever that a team goes into a playoff game with 53 street free agents.

by jw124164 :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 11:12pm

The Braves just tried this in the MLB playoffs. It didn't quite work out.

by tuluse :: Mon, 10/11/2010 - 10:57pm

I don't have anything insightful to say, but his name sounds like something out of Young Frankenstein.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 2:50am

I saw the slow-motion replay of the injury, and you could see something just pop in his arm. I figured a ligament or tendon, and it was kinda nauseating in a quiet way. Not in an 'oh look, the knee bends the other way now!' way, but it looked bad straight away, even on a fairly innocuous play.

by ChaosOnion (not verified) :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 8:43am

If you are referring to the Leonard Weaver injury, the film gave the distinct impression not only of a knee bending the wrong way, but the knee actually being turned inside out. Any they had the perfect angle. It was nauseating.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 12:05pm

Sadly, he could be referring to either Weaver or Bunkley's injury. They were both pretty gruesome.

by Yuri (not verified) :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 11:22am

For anyone keeping score at home, the Junior Varsity Eagles team was on the field Sunday night... something we may be stuck with for the rest of 2010.

Projected Starters were out at the following positions:

RG (injury led to eventual benching)
C (IR)
LT (possible IR)
CB #1
DT (probable IR)

One may add that no matter who is playing there are no starting-caliber linebackers dressing up for the Iggles. (or you can blame the scheme... whatever)

Playoffs would be a stretch. Nobody would remember that expectations were low for the year to start with, and Andy Reid would stick his chest out to get crucified in the Philly media.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 12:04pm

No starting caliber linebackers? Huh? Stewart Bradley is one of the best MLB's in football. And Fouku played quite well on Sunday. The problem in the back seven is the combination of Ernie Sims having no idea how to stay in position and not doing anything to justify playing with no discipline, Nate Allen making rookie mistakes, Asante Samuel literally not being able to make a tackle, Ellis Hobbs sucking up and down the field - and Mikell trying to make up for all this by flying all over the field and ending up getting burned occasionally on the deep seam routes.

Bradley is great, Fouku could be above average - hilariously, this year, the LB's are probably the best of Andy Reid's tenure. Aside from Sims, it's not the LB's this year, it's really not.

But yeah, losing most of their offensive line (including their best o-lineman and the guy who coordinates the protections per-snap) is just such a bummer. Losing Weaver is also completely depressing. And as is losing Bunkley.

Anyway, all of this is just a testament to the Eagles' depth - few other teams could sustain such crucial injuries and still be competitive... In the modern NFL, depth matters as much as anything...

by Yuri (not verified) :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 12:27pm

I disagree with the above assessment of the Eagles personnel on D. I think your post reflects the preseason expectations (i.e. Bradley = savior of defense, Hobbs will play worse in 2010 than Sheldon Brown in 2020).

Samuel and Hobbs have played very well (Hobbs and Allen are two biggest surprises on the D). In the Sunday game Hobbs might never even have been thrown at. Stewart Bradley played terrible on Sunday (again, part of it was being asked to cover Vernon Davis, but the whole preseason buzz was that we have a MLB that would easily cover athletic TEs), and last week as well--I think physically he's not the same after surgery. I agree with the assessment of Mikell--he is better than he sometimes looks (i.e., cameras catch him as last defender on blown coverage). As to Fokou I think we all want to reserve judgment on the 7th rd pick after 5 career starts and one admittedly good game Sunday.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 1:00pm

Bradley looked bad IN COVERAGE on Sunday because Mikell was constantly cheating out of position. On the two big Davis completions, Bradley was supposed over-the-top help that arrived seconds too late. And who was that over-the-top coverage? Mikell. Hobbs got destroyed in the Packers and Detroit game. He got beat badly several times in the Washington game - he is not the worst starting CB in the league, but he tied with Sims for the worst starter on the Eagles D.

Samuel is great in coverage, but still does not tackle. Run it to his side of the field on the edge and you can pick up 5 yards everytime because Samuel won't be able to attack the line of scrimmage and take you down - a safety or LB will do clean-up duty after Samuel throws his shoulder at the RB's feet. He made one competent tackle this year, but that is literally it.

Hobbs wasn't thrown at on Sunday, but only because they decided that Patterson couldn't cover Crabtree. Which he couldn't. There was no reason to look anywhere but for a Patterson/Crabtree match-up or catch Mikell cheating out of over-the-top help. It was the story all game long. Bradley did exactly what he was supposed to do in coverage and was quite effective in the running game. Fokou played solid. The problem is not the LB corp on the whole...

by bubqr :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 1:53pm

Chemical, my quick opinion :

I think Bradley has been a bit inconsistent this season (covering Vernon Davis all game down the seam doesn't help), E.Sims gets stuck too much on blocks, Hobbs has been suprisingly solid (loved, loved his TFL vs the Skins), Samuel still doesn't tackle, Mikell has made a few mistakes, Allen is solid, T.Cole is not off to a good start, Graham lost at times and impressive at other, DT duo was inconsistent... Very weird year.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 2:58pm

Yeah, I haven't even mentioned Graham, who looks lost doing anything but rushing the QB... but McD keeps putting him in losing situations - he was in coverage against Vernon Davis or a WR at least 3 times on Sunday. A squat, rookie DE in coverage! Several times! It was profoundly stupid. Allen is solid against the pass, but has gotten run over several times - some of them have been embarrassing "poster-ization" type hits. Cole has been ok, but I think suffers from having Sims behind him. Cole is always flying out to tackle WR bubble-screens and holding the edge on rushing plays because there's nobody behind him to make a play - and he knows it. He can rarely pin his ears back and go after the QB.

I agree it is a very weird year. They can put it together for long stretches and shut down teams for 2 quarters or more, but then they completely fall apart in the fourth quarter (and every game they've looked putrid in the first quarter.) The only complete game they've played is against Jacksonville. It's funny that they benched Akeem Jordan, who I didn't notice being a problem. But they left Sims on the field. I know Sims is being encouraged to freelance somewhat, but it is just not working...

by justanothersteve :: Tue, 10/12/2010 - 12:49pm

I don't know if it's spelt Fokou or Fouku, or how it's pronounced. But I love that name. Reminds me of the German Fuchs. I can barely wait to hear it mangled by the network talking heads. Almost makes me wish Theismann was still broadcasting, because you knew another faux pas could happen any second.