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Brandon Hughes (left) and Dennis Kelly have been ruled out for the Eagles' opener on Monday night. (AP)
The Eagles will be without two key backups in the season opener against the Redskins.
Cornerback and special teamer Brandon Hughes (hand) and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly were each ruled out by coach Chip Kelly for Monday’s night’s prime-time showdown at FedExField in Landover, Md.
All 51 other Eagles are healthy enough to practice and play.
Kelly underwent back surgery earlier last month and hasn’t practiced since. Although he is warming up during practices, it’s feasible that Kelly could miss at least another game, especially with the Eagles set to play their first three games in an 11-day span.
Hughes, who broke his hand in the third preseason game, has made progress and will return to practice Tuesday, Kelly said. The veteran corner was evaluated by a doctor Friday morning. Hughes could be good to go for next Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the home opener.
“We’ll see as he fits back into the scheme,” Kelly said.
Allen Barbre, a newcomer who made the team as a guard/tackle, is first off the bench if there’s an injury at guard or tackle on the offensive line. Backup corners Jordan Poyer and Shaun Prater are available in Hughes’ absence.