Eagles beat banged-up Pack: Impressive or not?
The Eagles lost three starters, including Jason Peters, early in their game against the Packers on Sunday. (AP)
GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- The Eagles lost three starters, one on offense and two on defense, early in their game Sunday against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and rookie safety Earl Wolff each were out of the game before the end of the first quarter. The Eagles were already without starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who was out with a pectoral injury (see inactives).
Kendricks left with a right knee injury suffered on the first defensive series after making a tackle on Packers running back Eddie Lacy. Peters left twice, once to be examined for a head injury and then later after injuring his quad. A knee injury forced Wolff out of the game just before the end of the quarter.
Najee Goode replaced Kendricks, Allen Barbre replaced Peters and Patrick Chung subbed for Wolff. All three fill-ins are in their first season with the Eagles.
Chung had began the season as the starter next to safety Nate Allen before suffering a shoulder injury that forced him out of two games, then was re-aggravated and forced him out of two more.
Kendricks had been the team’s leading tackler over the past three games, with 39, and was coming off a season-best 17-tackle game against the Raiders in Oakland last Sunday.
Peters had already been nursing shoulder, finger and pectoral injuries coming into the game and left on the first play of the second drive to be examined for a head injury. On the next play, Nick Foles tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson for a 7-0 lead.
Peters came back from the locker room and returned on the Eagles’ next possession, but gave up a sack to Datone Jones and left to have his quad examined.