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Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with a concussion he suffered in Week 1. (USA Today Images)
For their second game of the 2013 season, the Eagles will be missing a starter.
Right cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who sustained a concussion in Monday night’s opener against the Redskins, has been ruled out for Sunday’s home opener against the Chargers.
Fletcher will likely be replaced by second-year cornerback Brandon Boykin, a fourth-round pick last year who has played nickelback in all of his 17 career games. Boykin will probably still move inside when the Eagles go to nickel defense and the outside corner spot will be filled by either Brandon Hughes, rookie Jordan Poyer or newcomer Shaun Prater.
The veteran Hughes, who started practicing again this week after missing some time with a broken hand, is the most logical candidate to replace Fletcher in the nickel given his experience in the defense.
Also out for the Eagles is backup offensive tackle Dennis Kelly, who is progressing from early August back surgery and started participating in some parts of practice this week but is still a few weeks from playing.
Allen Barbre, who can play guard and tackle, continues to be the first man off the bench for the offensive line. He came in for two snaps against the Redskins when Jason Peters briefly left the field.