Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives

The following Eagles are inactive for tonight’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers: Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk, Jason Avant, Greg Salas, Nate Menkin and Phillip Hunt.

Nick Foles will make his second career start as Vick continues to recover from a concussion he suffered against the Cowboys two weeks ago.

McCoy is recovering from a concussion he suffered in the final two minutes of the Redskins game last week. Bryce Brown, a seventh-round pick, will get his first start of the season. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry on the season. Dion Lewis and Stanley Havili should see some action too. Chris Polk is out with a toe injury.

Avant is out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury. That means more time for Riley Cooper and Damaris Johnson. The Eagles signed Salas and released Mardy Gilyard this week, but Salas is inactive.

On the defensive line, Vinny Curry is active for the first time all season. But the Eagles still have five defensive ends (Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp, Curry) active. So we’ll see how much of the field the second-round pick actually sees.

The offensive line will be Dennis Kelly (RT), Jake Scott (RG), Dallas Reynolds (center), Evan Mathis (left guard) and King Dunlap (left tackle). Danny Watkins is active, but he’s not starting for the second consecutive game. Scott was at home watching a couple weeks ago. He had three penalties in his first start, but otherwise played well.

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