Not much has gone his way since he became an Eagle, but J.J. Arrington has an opportunity on Friday to get noticed in the offensive backfield. While starter LeSean McCoy should play about a half, Arrington is expected to see his first action since the Eagles acquired him in a trade that sent linebacker Joe Mays to Denver early in training camp.
Arrington missed all of last season after having microfracture surgery on his knee, and he wasn't ready to go on Friday night against the Jaguars. But he practiced this week and will join a rotation in the backfield that includes Eldra Buckley and Martell Mallett and, possibly, Mike Bell, who is questionable as he recovers from a calf injury.
The Eagles ran the ball well against Jacksonville -- McCoy had 30 yards on eight carries and Mallett gained 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries -- and they will look to do the same against a stout Cincinnati defense.
For Arrington, every opportunity to play is huge as he tries to make the 53-man roster. If you don't recall, the Eagles would receive a 2012 sixth-round draft pick from Denver should Arrington not make the 53-man roster.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 12:22 p.m., August 18