Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s 1 p.m. game against the Lions: Trent Edwards, Damaris Johnson, Dion Lewis, Jamar Chaney, Steve Vallos, Nate Menkin and Vinny Curry.

Johnson’s out, and Riley Cooper will be active for the first time all season. Cooper suffered a fractured collarbone during training camp. He’ll be the team’s fourth wide receiver and contribute on special teams.

The other notable part about Johnson sitting is that it opens up the punt returner spot. It seems likely that DeSean Jackson would be back there, something that Bobby April talked about earlier this weekMardy Gilard could get a shot too. Johnson had fielded nine fair catches and failed to notch a return longer than 13 yards in the first five games.

At running back, Lewis is inactive after dressing for the first time all year against the Steelers. Taking his place on the gameday roster will be Chris Polk, who was active for the first four games before sitting against Pittsburgh.

On the offensive line, Vallos is once again inactive, meaning Evan Mathis is your backup center should Dallas Reynolds go down. Dennis Kelly and King Dunlap are the team’s backup linemen. Both are tackles, but each has played guard in the past.

On the defensive side of the ball, Chaney is inactive for the first time in two seasons. Chaney started the last two games for Akeem Jordan, but Jordan returns today at the WILL spot. Jason Williams, whom the team signed during the week to play special teams, is active.

No other surprises on the defensive side of the ball. Curry, a second-round pick, has yet to dress this season.

As for the Lions, they’ll get safety Louis Delmas back for the first time all season. Defensive end Cliff Avril, who was listed as questionable, will also dress.

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  • daggolden

    Chaney deactivated. Ive never seen so many starting LBs go from starters to being deactivated to being released. How is Casey Matthews still on the roster? lol. Dont tell me ST guru.

  • Myke Lowery

    I think it’s time to play Curry and bench Hunt

    • Septhinox

      That time is definitely coming soon.

  • JofreyRice

    Interesting note about Gilyard. I’ve definitely noticed him hustling on punt coverage.

    Weird how they’re handling the situation with Lewis. Just about every TC report included something about Lewis taking a screen for a long gain, or making a nice block in pass pro. Bryce Brown hasn’t looked awful, but I’m not sure I understand what puts him head and shoulders above Dion. Probably not even worth worrying about, since the team doesn’t give enough carries to McCoy, let alone the backups.

  • Marman

    They will probably be going cover 5 and only using 2 LB’s on most plays, thus the reason Chaney is sitting.

  • daggolden

    They much see alot of potential in Brown. Because honestly he isnt better than Lewis or Polk IMO. Brown hasnt done much of anything. I thought Lewis did everything well.