Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives

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The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Barkley, safety Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Najee Goode, OT Matt Tobin and OT Dennis Kelly.

The list is exactly the same as it was last week against the Detroit Lions. Wolff (knee) is out for the fourth consecutive game. Patrick Chung will once again start at safety alongside Nate Allen.


The Eagles have four active cornerbacks: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin and Roc Carmichael. Williams suffered a hamstring injury Thursday, but was listed as probable on the injury report. If he suffers a setback, Carmichael would likely take his place. But given that Marsh is inactive, the Eagles likely aren't too concerned about Williams.

Goode (hamsting) was listed as doubtful on Friday and will miss his second straight game. Emmanuel Acho takes his place as a backup linebacker and special-teamer.

The Eagles once again have six wide receivers active: DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Jeff Maehl, Damaris Johnson and Brad Smith. Based on last week's playing-time distribution, it looks like Smith might have jumped Maehl and Johnson for the No. 4 wide receiver spot.

Allen Barbre (G/T) and Julian Vandervelde (center) are the backup offensive linemen. The Eagles have started the same five offensive linemen every game this season.

As for the Vikings, running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart have both been ruled out. Minnesota is expected to go with backups Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard.

Others who won't play for the Vikings: guard Brandon Fusco (13 starts), TE John Carlson (32 catches/344 yards), CB Xavier Rhodes (six starts) and CB Chris Cook (10 starts).

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  • DirtyWaters

    Week 15 and you only have to copy and paste last week’s report. Love it. Is Johnson a gunner on ST?

  • Will

    AP inactive for today…

    • PaoliBulldog

      Also Gerhart.

      • Will

        3rd stringer with 3 NFL snaps to start…

  • PaoliBulldog

    “The Eagles have started the same five offensive linemen every game this season.”

    Sweet, sweet music. The Eagles have not had to make a significant injury-related roster move since the regular season commenced.

  • cloisterwater

    Eagles are 1st in the NFL in:
    Rushing yards per game
    Rushing yards per attempt
    Plays of 20 yards or more
    Rushing plays of 20 yards or more
    Passing plays of 20 yards or more
    TDs of 20 yards or more
    First down yards
    Yards per play
    I think this Chip guy is on to something.

  • Rj Kelly

    Eagles have a bad habit of giving up big games to random scrub RBs. But hopefully this is a different team. Looking for a big win today.

    • EaglefaninAZ

      Only under the old head coach. These guys are on a mission, and the rest of this season is gonna be a crazy, stupidcool winfest.

  • Rob

    This is a game where I feel like the Eagles ‘D’ should blitz early. Test the new, inexperienced running backs in pass protection. Pretty much any RB can run the ball well with decent blocking, but the biggest mishaps with inexperienced RB’s is blitz pickup.

  • Ponzio

    what has happened to Damaris Johnson? totally mystified. usually active, usually not on the field.