Dennis Kelly and Brandon Hughes both missed practice Thursday. (USA Today Images)
With the season opener around the corner, the Eagles are almost fully healthy.
After last season, they’ll be happy with almost.
Only two backups, cornerback Brandon Hughes and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly, missed practice Wednesday. Kelly, who underwent back surgery in August, is progressing nicely and expected to play sometime this season but has already been ruled out for Monday night’s opener against the Redskins.
Hughes, who broke his hand against Jacksonville in the third preseason game, recently underwent surgery. Head coach Chip Kelly hasn’t given a timetable for Hughes’ return and hasn’t officially ruled Hughes out against the Redskins.
Depth at corner and offensive line is an issue. Without Hughes, the Eagles have just Brandon Boykin, newcomer Shaun Prater and rookie Jordan Poyer to back up starters Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Boykin sees a lot of time as the nickelback.
Without Kelly, the Eagles have Allen Barbre, who mostly played guard before joining the Eagles, as first man off the bench. Barbre practiced at offensive tackle for most of camp and played two preseason games at left tackle in Jason Peters’ place. The other backup tackle is Matt Tobin, a rookie free agent who also played mostly guard in college.