Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives

The following Eagles are inactives for tonight’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek, Kurt Coleman, Greg Salas, Chris Polk, Matt Kopa.

Vick (concussion) misses his fifth straight, but he has been cleared by an independent neurologist, opening up the chance that he could be active for the final two games. McCoy is out for the fourth straight game with a concussion. Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said Tuesday that McCoy was in the final stage of the team’s five-step rehab process.

Nick Foles went 32-for-51 for 381 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Eagles’ win against Tampa. This will be the rookie’s fifth straight start.

Coleman suffered a sternal contusion against the Bucs. Colt Anderson will start for the second consecutive game alongside Nate Allen.

Celek suffered a concussion on the first play of the game vs. the Bucs. Clay Harbor will take his place. Harbor caught all six balls thrown his way last week. The Eagles also added Emil Igwenagu to the 53-man roster earlier this week.

And Bryce Brown will get the start once again for McCoy. Brown averaged 8.1 yards per carry in his first two starts, but was shut down last week (6 yards on 12 carries). Dion Lewis will also see the field.

The Eagles have three backup offensive linemen active – Danny Watkins, Demetress Bell and Matt Tennant.

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