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February 19. 2013 4:12PM
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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles right tackle Todd Herremans was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

Herremans suffered a dislocated bone and ligament damage in his right foot in Monday's loss to New Orleans. He should be ready for training camp, but the injury is the latest blow to a depleted offensive line. Herremans will wear a boot for at least eight weeks.

Philadelphia's makeshift line is now without Herremans, left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and right guard Danny Watkins. It's one reason quarterback Michael Vick was sacked seven times by the Saints. Left guard Evan Mathis is the lone starter left standing.

I've just got to believe in the guys in front of me and do whatever it takes to get the ball out whether I've got to slide or move, break contain. Regardless, I just have to continue to maintain trust in them, Vick said. That's part of my job as a quarterback and I have to keep believing. Keep believing.

It's getting tougher to do, though.

The Eagles have lost four in a row after a 3-1 start. When they defeated the New York Giants, 19-17, on Sept. 30 at home, they were in first place. Now, they are 2 1/2 games behind New York in the NFC East.

Stay optimistic, Vick said. Just keep playing the game and try to block out everything else.

The Eagles (3-5) host the Cowboys (3-5) on Sunday.

Rookie guard Dennis Kelly, a fifth-round draft pick out of Purdue, has filled in the last two games for Watkins, and knows some sort of continuity is going to be needed for the Eagles to hold off Dallas. Signed after Peters went down, Demetress Bell has had a rough go of it in Philadelphia, as well.

They brought a lot of pressure and I think it led to us having a lot of miscommunication, Kelly said of the Saints. There was confusion on who was getting who. That's where we have to build that rhythm, get that continuity, and just have the trust in each other to know the assignment before we have to call it out.


Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

4:25 p.m. Sunday, FOX

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