The Eagles close out the preseason against the New York Jets Thursday night, but a slew of players will not be suiting up, head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday. For starters, the starters will be held out, as has been Reid's wont in preseason finales over the past decade-plus. Reid also singled out safety
Also unlikely to play because of injury, Reid said, is quarterback
With Foles and
"I've got enough time with him to be able to make that evaluation," Reid said of Kafka. "The main thing for him right now, it's tender right now. He took some snaps yesterday and he could feel them. It's just best that we hold him out."
During his post-practice press conference, Reid disclosed whether several players will or will not play Thursday night.
But the majority of Eagles hitting the field Thursday night will be fighting for some of the few roster spots still up grabs before Friday night's 9 PM deadline to cut the roster to a mere 53 players.
"It's a great opportunity for these guys to show," Reid said. "They were told when they came here they were going to have an opportunity to play and put film out there. If they make our team, more power to them. If they don't, it gives them an opportunity to catch on with somebody else. That's what this is all about.
"I think there are going to be some tough decisions. I think we've got some competition at spots. It won't be easy. That's a good thing though, that's a good thing. We tell the players when they come here, 'You make it as hard as you possibly can on (general manager Howie Roseman) and I to make that final cut. You come out and give it every snap, every opportunity you have, you take advantage and make it your best snap.'"
Finally, Reid was asked about the potential that All-Pro tackle
"There's a chance," Reid said. "I would tell you it's probably slim, but there's a chance."
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