Making Sense of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Seattle Seaahwks: QB Nick Foles, S Jerome Couplin, DB Jaylen Watkins, C Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DL Taylor Hart.

There are two differences from last week. Trey Burton (hamstring) returns from injury, and Maehl goes back on the inactive list. Burton has been a key special teams contributor – both on the coverage and return units – all season long. Also, Couplin replaces Roc Carmichael on the 53-man roster. But he won’t dress.

Linebacker Emmanuel Acho (groin), Burton (hamstring), wide receiver Josh Huff (hip), kicker Cody Parkey (right groin), RB Chris Polk (ankle) and DE Cedric Thornton (groin) were listed as probable on the injury report. They are all active and ready to go.

We’ll see if Acho rotates in with Casey Matthews at inside linebacker or if Matthews plays nearly all the snaps once again.

The Eagles will start the same offensive line combination for the fourth straight week. Andrew Gardner is at right guard. He did not play well last week. The starting offensive line from left to right: Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Gardner and Lane Johnson. The backups will be David Molk (C) and Matt Tobin (G/T).

Mark Sanchez will start at QB for the sixth straight game, and Matt Barkley will back him up. Brad Smith is the emergency option.

The Eagles have five wide receivers active: Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, Smith and Huff. Four tight ends – Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey and Burton – will dress.