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WR Smith To Play; Young Leads Inactives

ST. LOUIS -- Less than nine months removed from microfracture surgery on his left knee, wide reciever Steve Smith will be active for the Eagles in the team's season opener. Many, his former team the New York Giants notably among them, considered Smith a longshot to be able to play until midway through the 2011 season, but the former Pro Bowler will be suited up and ready to contribute as one of the Eagles' five wide receivers.

Quarterback Vince Young is inactive as he works to get back to full health from a hamstring strain suffered in the preseason finale. The rest of the inactives are: offensive lineman Danny Watkins, offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman Winston Justice, cornerback Curtis Marsh, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and defensive end Phillip Hunt.

With three offensive linemen down, the Eagles will dress only seven guys up front, with Jamaal Jackson and King Dunlap providing the backup. With Watkins inactive, Kyle DeVan will get his first start with the Eagles at right guard.

UPDATE: The Rams announced their inactives, led by their first-round pick defensive end Robert Quinn. The rest of the Rams' inactives are: safety Jermale Hines, linebacker Jabara Williams, center Tony Wragge, wide receiver Austin Pettis, wide receiver Danario Alexander and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

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