The Eagles offense will be without two starters against the Cardinals, as wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (hip) and Riley Cooper (collarbone), as well as left tackle King Dunlap (hamstring), have been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Head coach Andy Reid spoke after practice Friday and said that, in Maclin's stead, the offense will "mix and match" receivers based on what they see from the Cardinals.
"(Maclin is) a good football player," Reid said. "The other guys have practiced and they're ready to go. I've always said that if somebody misses, it's another man's opportunity. So I expect the other guys to step up and play well."
Dunlap's injury means Demetress Bell will make his first start as an Eagle. Bell played well last Sunday against the Ravens, something Reid fully expects the left tackle to be able to continue.
"He's been there," Reid said. "He's played before. This isn't, as they say, his first rodeo. I expect him to go play, that's what I expect him to do. And I think he expects that out of himself."
Reid also updated the injury status of Cooper, saying both he and the receiver are eyeing next week's game against the Giants as his return date. Cooper participated in practice this week and will be re-evaluated next week.
Missing Maclin and Dunlap means the rest of the offense must step up and fill that void. The Cardinals are aggressive defensively, which means execution will be key.
"They did a good job against us last year. And they've done a good job this year," Reid said. "They're a good defense. And so we have to make sure we play well. Bottom line, you have to come out and execute… So we have to make sure we secure things up and play well."
The Eagles head to Arizona this afternoon in preparation for their Sunday afternoon tilt against the Cardinals. The game starts at 4:05 PM on FOX.
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