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Jason Kelce left in the third quarter with an abdominal injury and will not return.
The standout center was hurt away from a LeSean McCoy run to the right side early in the frame. Kelce was helped to his feet after a short time on the ground and was examined on the trainers table before slowly making his way inside. He was replaced by David Molk.
The Eagles are already working without Evan Mathis (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle) and Lane Johnson (suspension) along the offensive front. Matt Tobin (ankle) practiced this week but was not active for Sunday’s game against Washington.
McCoy exited in the first quarter after a head-to-head collision with Washington defensive back David Amerson, but was cleared to return.
“Shady” chants broke out in the stands as McCoy lay on the ground following his nine-yard run to the left side. After a few moments, he got to his feet and walked off under his own power.
Following a quick look-over from the trainers, McCoy pleaded to go back in but was not permitted. A team employee took McCoy’s helmet off the bench and handed it to another staffer, who placed it behind his back. McCoy tried to physically take the helmet from the staff member and had to be restrained. Finally, he relented and jogged inside to be examined for a head injury.
The exam didn’t last long, and he was cleared to go back in the game.
Join Tim and Sheil for a live chat during today’s Eagles-Redskins game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Redskins: QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff, S Earl Wolff, OL Matt Tobin, OL Kevin Graf, LB Mychal Kendricks and DL Taylor Hart.
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McManus: Emmanuel Acho.
Chip Kelly says that both Acho and Casey Matthews have been splitting reps at inside linebacker in Mychal Kendricks‘ absence, but the thought here is that Acho will get the starting nod and the bulk of the playing time.
Before injuring his calf late in the third quarter against Indianapolis, Kendricks was playing at an elite level. He had a team-high 13 tackles against Jacksonville and has 20 tackles, a sack and three hurries in all. Billy Davis sent Kendricks after the quarterback 24 times in the first two games. He is the highest-rated pass-rusher among all inside linebackers in the early going, according to Pro Football Focus. Along with Fletcher Cox, Kendricks has arguably been the biggest difference-maker on defense so far.
He will not play Sunday and if we’re talking about a Grade 2 strain here, could be out 2-3 weeks. The defense will not be the same without him. There’s really no getting around that. Davis doesn’t need Acho (or Matthews) to be a standout, but can’t afford for him to be a liability. Alfred Morris is currently the league’s fourth-leading rusher and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Backup running backs Roy Helu and Silas Redd are both averaging over five yards per carry. It would be nice if Acho could get after quarterback Kirk Cousins on occasion, but the Eagles will be satisfied if he helps to keep the run game and short-to-intermediate pass game in check.
Here is the injury report for Sunday’s game against the Redskins:
LB Mychal Kendricks (calf)
WR Josh Huff (shoulder)
T Matt Tobin (ankle), S Earl Wolff (knee)
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