NFC East: Martin Rucker

Cowboys-Eagles inactives: Vick the backup

January, 9, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As we've already told you, Michael Vick is active for tonight's game and I would expect for him to play a fairly significant role in the game plan. The Cowboys spent more time in the film room preparing for Vick this week because they felt like the Eagles would be in more of a desperation mode in this game. Now let's take a look at the inactives for both teams:

Cowboys: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C/G Duke Preston, T Pat McQuistan, LB Curtis Johnson

Eagles: QB Kevin Kolb, CB Geoffrey Pope, FS Quintin Demps, T King Dunlap, C Dallas Reynolds, WR Kevin Curtis, TE Martin Rucker, DT Trevor Laws

Vick suits up as emergency QB

December, 27, 2009
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (quad) will serve as the emergency quarterback today against the Broncos. Kevin Kolb will replace Vick as the backup to Donovan McNabb.

The rest of the Eagles' inactives: CB Geoffrey Pope, S Quintin Demps, G/T Stacy Andrews, G Mike McGlynn, WR Kevin Curtis, TE Martin Rucker, DE Trevor Laws

Broncos inactives: Emergency QB Tom Brandstater, WR Eddie Royal, CB Ty Law, RB LaMont Jordan, S Vernon Fox, ILB/FB Spencer Larsen, G Seth Olsen, DL Chris Baker

Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins will be introduced last for the Broncos. I'm sure there will be a huge roar from the crowd, but the Eagles haven't planned any formal ceremony to honor their former star.

No surprises on Eagles' inactives list

December, 20, 2009
The Eagles' inactives list has a lot of familiar faces this afternoon. Tight end Martin Rucker, who was just signed off the practice squad is inactive, which indicates that Brent Celek's back must be feeling pretty good. As we've been reporting all week, there was no way Celek was going to miss this game.

The snow's still being shoveled at the Linc but all the reports I've seen indicate the field looks fine. I'll be discussing the Eagles-49ers game on NFL Nation Live all afternoon. Look forward to hearing from you.

Here are the inactives for today's game: CB Geoffery Pope, WR Jeremy Maclin, RB Brian Westbrook, G Stacy Andrews, OL Mike McGlynn, TE Martin Rucker, DT Trevor Laws and third quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Eagles make a move at TE

December, 15, 2009
The Eagles have signed former Missouri tight end Martin Rucker off their practice squad and released running back P.J. Hill. I watched Rucker play quite a few games at Mizzou and he's a very athletic and can make some plays in the passing game. There's been a suggestion in the Philly media that this move was made out of concern for Brent Celek's sore back.

At least one reporter noted that Celek left the locker room Sunday night with something around his neck that may have indicated that he was experiencing pain in that area. It was actually a neck pillow that you can purchase at your local Brookstone store. The Eagles have been thin at tight end all season, so I don't think the move is directly related to Celek's back being injured. The Eagles knew about tightness in Celek's back hours before Sunday night's game and they gave him some pain medication that allowed him to go out and have another strong game.

We'll keep our eye on this situation for you this week, but I know Celek is intending to play against the 49ers on Sunday.