Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin, Eagles cornerbacks who practiced this week, won’t play Thursday against the Steelers at the Linc because of hamstring injuries.
Williams usually starts at right cornerback and Boykin plays the slot in nickel packages. Candidates to replace Williams and Boykin against Pittsburgh are Nolan Carroll, Curtis Marsh, Roc Carmichael and rookie Jaylen Watkins.
Also out because of injuries are wide receivers Josh Huff (shoulder) and Brad Smith (groin), running back Chris Polk (hamstring), inside linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring) and center Julian Vandervelde (back).
Caroll is making his Eagles preseason debut. He missed the first two games with a groin injury. Wide receiver Riley Cooper is also playing for the first time after missing two games with an ankle injury.
Running back Kenjon Barner, acquired Wednesday in a trade with Carolina, is suited up and could return kicks. New kicker Cody Parkey, also acquired Wednesday, is also dressed. It’s uncertain whether he will play.