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Injuries Take Early Toll On Eagles


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On a windy Sunday in Washington, the Eagles and Redskins got to work. With both teams sitting at 1-2, the result of this divisional matchup will be of great importance. However, early defensive injuries for the Eagles will be something to watch as the game goes on. Following the first quarter, Philadelphia trails Washington, 6-0.

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (groin) are questionable to return, while defensive end Brandon Bair (groin) has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. On the defensive line, the team was already without injured Cedric Thornton and Taylor Hart. Currently in for Maxwell is rookie Eric Rowe. Jordan Hicks' playing time will also increase, as it has the past few games, with the absence of Kendricks.

After winning the toss, Philadelphia elected to receive the ball in the second half, meaning kicker Caleb Sturgis saw immediate action in his first game as an Eagle. His kickoff went into the end zone and Washington settled for a touchback.

Beginning at the 20-yard line, the Eagles' defense pinned the Redskins back during the opening two plays. However, on third down, Washington's Chris Thompson broke through and gained 42 yards to bring his team to the Philadelphia 47-yard line. The run was the longest play from scrimmage for Washington this season. Minutes later, Thompson picked up another 19 yards after catching a screen pass from quarterback Kurt Cousins, and Washington quickly moved into the red zone. Bennie Logan, Hicks and Malcolm Jenkins all made tackles inside the 10 to force a Washington field goal. The Eagles have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.

Just as Washington did, the Eagles' offense began at the 20-yard line. However, the Eagles were forced into a three-and-out, bringing the defense back onto the field. This time, Washington began the drive from its 41-yard line.

Tight end Jordan Reed picked up two consecutive first downs and helped his team convert once again on a third-down situation. The plays brought Washington to the 23-yard line. Two more defensive stops brought up a third-and-7 for Washington. Cousins looked for Jamison Crowder in the end zone, but coverage by Nolan Carroll forced the catch to be made out of bounds. Once again, the defense held Washington to only a field goal.

With limited time remaining in the opening quarter, the Eagles' offense took the field once again. DeMarco Murray had his first touch of the game, rushing for 30 yards, his longest gain of the season. But, the team was unable to convert on a third-and-7 to open the second quarter. Washington now has possession of the ball.

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