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Jon Runyan expects to recover


Jon Runyan expects to recover
Jon Runyan thinks it would be wise for the Eagles, or any NFL team that might want to sign him when he becomes a free agent Feb. 27, to expect him to make a full recovery from the surgery he had on his right knee 12 days ago.


"It's not like there's a question mark about what's going to happen to me," the Eagles offensive tackle said yesterday from his home in South Jersey. "I know people are going to make a big deal out of my recovery, but I've been reassured I'm going to be fine. This is not the end of the road for me."

Runyan, 35, needed more than a clean-out of the knee. He underwent arthroscopic microfracture surgery by James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Runyan said he will be on crutches for two months and will be sidelined from four to six months, which should give him enough time to be ready for training camp.

During the procedure, Andrews created small fractures in the bone. New cartilage, called fibrocartilage, is developed during the healing process when blood and bone marrow seep out of the fractures.

"There was a best-case scenario and a worst-case scenario," said Runyan, whose streak of playing in 192 consecutive games is third among active players. "The worst-case scenario happened. But I've been reassured by Dr. Andrews that I'm going to be fine in six months."

Runyan's ability to play in pain has become almost legendary. He played much of the 2007 season with a fractured tailbone, and continued playing this past season despite the pain in his knee.

Runyan said there have been no contract talks yet with the Eagles, but he said that's likely because the team has yet to finish evaluating the roster to determine what it wants to do.

Both Runyan and left tackle Tra Thomas will become free agents if they are not signed by the Eagles before the start of the free-agency period Feb. 27. Thomas, who protects quarterback Donovan McNabb's blind side, is 34. The Eagles aren't expected to keep both.

Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at 215-854-2743 or rparrillo@phillynews.com.



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Added: February 8, 2009

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