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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Runyan headed back to Eagles?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Runyan
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- One of the most ardent supporters of the Beast, former Eagles right tackle Jon Runyan, isn't ruling out a reunion with his longtime team. Runyan, who underwent microfracture surgery last February, will fly to Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to seek medical clearance from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

Runyan was in a great deal of pain during the playoffs last season, but he gutted it out like he's always done. If Runyan's cleared to start running again, it sounds like Eagles coach Andy Reid would be very interested in bringing him back.

"I know where he's at," said Reid, who had a chance to speak to Runyan at Jim Johnson's memorial service Friday. "We have a pretty good idea of where he's at and we'll just see how things go. He's working hard at getting back and that's really what his primary focus should be, whether it's here or somewhere else."

It appeared that the Eagles were ready to turn the page on Runyan when they signed offensive tackle Stacy Andrews during free agency and then moved Andrews' younger brother, Shawn, to right tackle. But Stacy is just returning from his own knee surgery and Shawn hasn't practiced in this training camp after injuring his back during a conditioning run. When asked Sunday whether Shawn would be ready to go for the regular season, Reid said he didn't know.

Runyan and Reid have been together for a long time and they have developed a unique player-coach bond. I don't think it will happen right away, but I think Reid would love to sign Runyan. There's just a comfort level there that he doesn't have with a lot of people.

Remember that I'll be visiting with Reid one-on-one Monday morning. If you have a question for the coach, now would be a good time to leave it in the "comments" section.