Last week, running back DeMarco Murray was deactivated just prior to kickoff due to a lingering issue with his hamstring. Entering the Eagles' Week 4 meeting with the Redskins, his status was again up in the air heading into pregame warmups. But after testing out his hamstring a couple hours before game time at FedEx Field, he was ruled available to play and has been activated.
Murray, last season's NFL rushing leader, is looking for a breakout performance after combining for just 11 yards on 21 rushing attempts through two games this year. He'll likely split carries with Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles will also play a role in both the running and passing games out of the backfield.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks also missed last week's meeting with the Jets because of an injured hamstring, but he too will be active for Sunday's game against Washington. He has 16 tackles in two games this season.
Inactive for the Eagles for the second straight week are defensive ends Cedric Thornton (hand) and Taylor Hart (shoulder) as well as linebacker Kiko Alonso (knee); safety Chris Maragos (quadricep) will not play either. Joining those four are three healthy scratches – quarterback Thad Lewis, offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, and linebacker Marcus Smith.
For Washington, wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) will not play, but cornerback Chris Culliver, who was also listed as questionable because of a knee issue, will suit up. Quarterback Robert Griffin III, wide receiver Andre Roberts, offensive lineman Tom Compton, defensive end Kedric Golston, linebacker Perry Riley, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall will all be inactive.