Eagles' Allen headed for surgery

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, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles free safety Nate Allen will go under the knife sometime this week, in order to repair a ruptured patellar tendon suffered during Sunday's miracle 38-31 comeback victory over the New York Giants.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid said during his customary Monday press conference that Allen will likely have surgery on Tuesday and also may miss the remainder of the season. The procedure will be performed by team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca.

Fellow rookie Kurt Coleman will take over for Allen for the Birds' final two regular season games -- against Minnesota and Dallas.

Reid also revealed that wide receiver Jason Avant, who threw the key block at midfield which freed up space for DeSean Jackson's game-winning punt return on the game's final play, suffered a "slight concussion" when he launched himself into Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie.

In addition, defensive tackle Mike Patterson suffered what was termed a sore knee and will have an MRI.


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