Rookie Earl Wolff will make his starting debut against the Broncos on Sunday. (USA Today Images)
As expected, the Eagles will confront Denver’s top-ranked offense today without free safety Patrick Chung.
Chung, who missed all practices this week with a shoulder injury, is inactive and will be replaced by rookie Earl Wolff, who will make his starting debut against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, who average 42 points per game.
Chung sustained his injury against Kansas City last Thursday and left the stadium that night with his shoulder in a sling. A day after the Chiefs loss, head coach Chip Kelly said he thought Chung would be back at practice. Instead, Wolff took the first-team reps as Chung never made it back.
Also inactive against Denver are quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Shaun Prater, offensive tackles Dennis Kelly and Matt Tobin, defensive lineman Damion Square and tight end Emil Igwenagu.
The Eagles also made a switch at backup corner, activating Roc Carmichael for the first time and deactivating Prater. Carmichael, a fourth-round pick by the Texans in 2011, was signed off Houston’s practice squad on Sept. 18. He played six games for the Texans last year.
Prater, who was active against Kansas City for the first time this season, was claimed by the Eagles off waivers after the Bengals released him on the cutdown date. He was inactive for the first two games and played just special teams against the Chiefs.