Experts make Eagles-Raiders predictions
Rookie Earl Wolff will start at free safety against the Raiders. (USA Today Images)
OAKLAND -- Patrick Chung is active Sunday for the first time since the Tampa Bay game, but rookie Earl Wolff will start in his place at free safety when the Eagles face the Raiders Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
Chung, one of the Eagles’ major offseason free agency signings, hasn’t gotten through a full game since suffering a shoulder injury during the Eagles’ Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.
He was inactive for two games, tried to play against Tampa but couldn’t finish, and has been inactive the last two weeks.
Wolff, a rookie fifth-round pick from North Carolina State, has started four games in his place and has played well.
Linebacker and special teamer Casey Matthews, who was limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday, is active for Sunday.
As expected, quarterback Michael Vick is inactive a week after his futile attempt to play through a hamstring injury he initially suffered on Oct. 6 in the first Giants game. Head coach Chip Kelly ruled him out early last week.
Nick Foles will start in his place, with rookie fourth-round pick Matt Barkley the only other quarterback in uniform.
Rookie linebacker and special teamer Jake Knott is inactive for a second straight game with a hamstring injury suffered in the Dallas game.
Healthy inactives for the Eagles are running back Matthew Tucker, offensive linemen Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly and receiver B.J. Cunningham.
Cunningham, a reserve receiver and special teamer, had been active the last two games.
The Eagles go into Sunday’s game with only 52 players on the active roster, so they have only six inactives. According to a team source, the Eagles would have activated a player off their practice squad had either Matthews or Chung been healthy enough to play.
They’re now expected to add a player from their own practice squad later this week, perhaps on Monday.
Raiders inactives are wide receivers Andre Holmes and Brice Butler, safety Tyvon Branch, defensive end Ryan Robinson, center Andre Gurode, defensive lineman Brian Sanford and offensive tackle Tony Pashos.