Eagles Wake-Up Call: Counting On Brown?

Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce BrownThis little piece of news kind of slipped through the cracks with everything else going on the last few days: Andy Reid said he didn’t play Dion Lewis against the Jets because of injury Thursday.

“Dion, I don’t think Dion’s really 100 percent yet,” said Reid.  ”That’s why I held him and [LB Jamar] Chaney out. I just didn’t feel comfortable playing them.”

With the regular season officially upon us, this is something to pay attention to. Lewis, who was not listed on the injury report by Reid heading into the game, has been dealing with a hamstring injury on and off this preseason.

We’ll see what this week brings. If hobbled, Bryce Brown and/or Chris Polk could see some action in the opener against Cleveland.

Brown rushed for 122 yards, averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored once this preseason. Polk finished with 112 yards and a touchdown. Lewis rushed the ball just 12 times for 35 yards.

WHAT YOU MISSED

A behind-the-scenes look at cutdown day for the Eagles. Howie Roseman, bubble players give us a good feel for all that goes into it, and  just how emotional it can be.

Jon Gruden is bullish on the Eagles. He believes Reid’s group is New Orleans bound.

David Sims, from garbage man to NFL player.

The Eagles finalized their practice squad roster.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Jason Witten will have a scan of his spleen done Tuesday to see if he is healed enough to play in the opener against New York.

 “I mean, I wouldn’t say optimistic, just because as of right now, it’s been a tough challenge to get to that point. So I wouldn’t say I was optimistic. Optimistic would be if it was in my hands and my control.

The Cowboys tight end suffered a lacerated spleen just over three weeks ago.

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sat out practice Sunday, but vows he’s playing.

Dan Graziano continues his countdown of the best players in the NFC East. Trent Cole came in at No. 4. Third on the list is LeSean McCoy. 
Amid the quarterbacks and pass-rushers who dominate the top part of our list we find a running back — the best in the division and one who may be on the verge of becoming the best in the entire league.
Other Eagles represented on the list are Jason Babin (9), Michael Vick (12), DeSean Jackson (17) and Evan Mathis (19).

COMING UP 

The Eagles practice at 11:45. They will get into their regular-season practice schedule beginning Wednesday.