Philadelphia Eagles: NFL injury wire

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff practiced with an asterisk Thursday.

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Wolff, who has missed five of six games with a knee injury, was listed as a full participant in Thursday’s session. He said his knee felt better than it has since being injured in Green Bay in November.

Normally that would be a good sign that Wolff will be ready to play. But here’s the asterisk: Because the Eagles are playing the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, the Thursday practice was more like a light Friday session. Wolff didn’t exactly have to push himself. After the practice, he went through some extra drills to test the knee.

“It was football activity, what I would go through in a game,” Wolff said. “It didn’t bother me. I felt better than I did last week and the week before. I feel like it also depends on how I feel tomorrow, if I’m real sore.”

As for playing Saturday night, Wolff said it would be up to the coaches and training staff.

“It’s not my call anymore,” he said. “It’s their call.”

Defensive coordinator Bill Davis is faced with several less-than-ideal choices. Veteran Patrick Chung lost his job to Wolff earlier in the season. He has not exactly been Troy Polamalu since returning to the starting lineup.

Kurt Coleman had been splitting time with Chung before pulling a hamstring in Minnesota. Coleman played in Dallas, but was limited to special teams duty. He has practiced with the first team this week, but has been on the field for just 6 percent of the Eagles’ defensive plays all season.

If Wolff is physically ready, there’s still the issue of getting back up to game speed. When he tried to return against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, the plan was for Chung to start and Wolff to ease back in. But he aggravated the knee on his first series and hasn’t played since.

“Earl has to practice if he's going to play” head coach Chip Kelly said. “If that’s your question, yeah, he's got to get out there at some point in time.”

It is unclear whether Thursday’s light workout counted in Kelly’s mind.

What is clear is that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is going to test the Eagles' safeties -- whether Wolff, Coleman or Chung is out there alongside Nate Allen -- until they prove they aren’t the weak link in the defense.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Eagles safety Earl Wolff is inactive for Sunday night's showdown against the Dallas Cowboys.

Wolff missed four games after injuring his right knee in Green Bay Nov. 10. He returned for last week's game against Chicago but left after playing one series. Veteran Patrick Chung will start at safety in place of the rookie.

Backup safety Colt Anderson (hamstring) and backup center Julian Vandervelde, who were listed as out, were both inactive. Otherwise, it was the usual group: quarterback Matt Barkley, running back Matthew Tucker, offensive lineman Dennis Kelly and cornerback Curtis Marsh.

Offensive lineman Matt Tobin is active for the second time this season. He takes Vandervelde's spot on the 46-man roster, but would not play center if anything happened to starter Jason Kelce. That role would likely fall to left guard Evan Mathis.

As expected, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and inside linebacker Sean Lee are inactive. So is former Eagle Ernie Sims, which leaves Dallas even thinner at linebacker.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles' injury report contained mixed news for Sunday night's game against the Chicago Bears.

Safeties Kurt Coleman (hamstring) and Colt Anderson (knee) are out. That has more impact on the Eagles' special teams than their defense. Both players are key members of the kicking and return teams.

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The defense will be helped by the likely return of safety Earl Wolff, who is listed as probable after missing five games with a knee injury. Nickel cornerback Brandon Boykin, who was knocked out of last week's game with a concussion, was also listed as probable.

That gives defensive coordinator Bill Davis close to a full complement of defensive backs as he tries to cope with the Bears' array of receiving options. Chicago likes to use wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the slot a fair percentage of the time.

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"They look for him," Boykin said. "I plan on being matched up with him quite a bit."

Although the Eagles have faced Denver's group, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson, Boykin said he thought the Bears' Marshall and Alshon Jeffery presented the biggest overall challenge to the secondary.

"You're talking about guys that are 6-3, 6-4 and they're both playing at a very, very high level," Boykin said. "Normally, you might have two big guys, but one of them is better than the other. I don't think that's the case. They can throw to either one of them."

"Whenever the quarterback throws the ball in the air," Wolff said, "they go and get it. Those are the big plays we're going to have to stop. I feel like we're up for the challenge."

Wolff may be eased back into action after missing so much time. Patrick Chung could start and play a fair amount.

"I feel like I came in this week in a groove more than I was last week," Wolff said. "Last week, I was still kind of trying to get back into it. Now I feel like I'm pretty much back to where I was before."

As for special teams, the Eagles are likely to have linebacker Najee Goode back from his hamstring injury. He was also listed as questionable. Keelan Johnson, a safety signed off the practice squad earlier in the week, could also be active and help fill in for Coleman and Anderson.

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee) and wide receiver/special teamer Brad Smith (hamstring) were also listed as questionable.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles' blurry secondary picture is beginning to come into focus.

Nickel cornerback Brandon Boykin cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and was back at practice Thursday afternoon. Boykin was injured while returning a kickoff Sunday in Minnesota.

Rookie safety Earl Wolff said Wednesday his right knee feels the best it has felt since he injured it in Green Bay on Nov. 10. Wolff is almost certain to play, but likely to rotate with veteran Patrick Chung until he’s reacclimated.

Safeties Kurt Coleman (hamstring) and Colt Anderson (knee) did not practice. There’s a good chance Keelan Johnson, who was signed off the practice squad Tuesday, will be active for Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Johnson could serve as a backup to Wolff, Chung and Nate Allen. But his main contribution is likely to be on special teams, where Coleman and Anderson are key players.

“I’m actually on a couple of special teams,” Johnson said. “I think that’s where I’m likely to start out at during this game on Sunday and then work my way into the safety rotation. I just have to keep showing coach [Bill] Davis and my position coach I’m on top of the calls, I’m on top of my checks, things like that.”

Johnson was undrafted despite a solid senior season at Arizona State. He signed with the Miami Dolphins and was released at the end of training camp. He has been on the Eagles’ practice squad all season.

“I always felt like I was good enough to play,” Johnson said. “I feel like I could have been a drafted player. I feel like I had a good season and all that stuff. It was just frustrating sitting on the sideline, watching these guys playing the sport I love, and I’m not out there with them.”

Johnson might be forced into action if injuries strike as they did last week. But the return of Boykin and Wolff will help restore some normalcy to a secondary that was badly burned by the Vikings. That is a major development for a team preparing for a Bears offense that features Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

“Don’t sleep on Earl Bennett, either,” Chung said. “He’s really good, too.”

Boykin has done an excellent job playing in the slot, leading the Eagles with four interceptions. Without him, Chung or Roc Carmichael would have to play the slot, which would lead to a domino effect. If Chung were to play the slot, that’s one less safety available to Davis.

Wolff doubtful, two other DBs probable

December, 13, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles safety Earl Wolff practiced throughout the week, leading to hope the rookie would be able to play Sunday at Minnesota.

Wolff was listed as doubtful on Friday’s official injury report, however, making his return from a knee injury unlikely. Veteran Patrick Chung would continue to start in Wolff’s place.

Wolff said he would travel with the team to Minneapolis and make a final determination Sunday.

The Eagles’ secondary was surprisingly overrepresented on the week’s otherwise sparse injury report. Cornerbacks Brandon Boykin (hip) and Cary Williams (hamstring) both appeared without warning during the week. Boykin was on the first report Wednesday, suggesting he was hurt in Sunday’s game against Detroit.

Williams appeared for the first time Thursday. He and Boykin were listed as probable Friday and are expected to play.

The Eagles have been practicing indoors on artificial turf all week, which could contribute to minor soreness and leg injuries.

The only other Eagle on the injury report, linebacker and special teamer Najee Goode, was also listed as doubtful. Goode pulled a hamstring two weeks ago against Arizona.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles will be without safety Earl Wolff again for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Wolff (knee) and linebacker/special-teamer Najee Goode (hamstring) were both officially listed as out on the team's Friday injury report.

Defensive end Clifton Geathers' status is unknown. Geathers missed the past three days' worth of practices for unspecified personal reasons. The 6-foot-8, 340-pound Geathers has been on the field for 21 percent of the team's defensive plays this season.

Wolff will miss his third game after injuring his right knee in Green Bay last month. Veteran Patrick Chung, who has made as much impact crashing into teammates as opponents, will start in Wolff's place.

With Goode out, linebacker Emmanuel Acho has a chance to be active.

Wide receiver Jeff Maehl cleared the concussion protocol and was listed as probable. Tight end Zach Ertz (shoulder), defensive tackle Bennie Logan (neck) and defensive end Damion Square (back) were also listed as probable.

The Eagles have enjoyed good health all season. Coach Chip Kelly said the other day that it might be attributable to a combination of luck and the team's devotion to sports science.

“You break a bone, you break a bone,” Kelly said. “I don't know if there is a science behind breaking a bone. There are certain injuries that it doesn't matter how fit you are, how trained you are, that if that happens, that happens. But I also think there are some little things we do on a weekly basis here from a training standpoint that I think has benefited us. So we'll continue. But it's not something that we can say if all of a sudden two or three guys get hurt next week you're like, ‘You guys are wrong.' It's not. I think we're doing the right thing.”

Good health a good sign for Eagles

November, 29, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, the Eagles will go into Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with only one notable injury. Safety Earl Wolff, who hyperextended his right knee in Green Bay Nov. 10, was listed as out on the team’s Friday injury report.

The relative health of the Eagles in Week 13 could have a significant impact on the NFC East race. The Eagles (6-5) are a half-game behind the Dallas Cowboys, who beat Oakland 31-24 on Thanksgiving Day to get to 7-5.

But Dallas was without three defensive starters – cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant – for that game. They have been without defensive end Anthony Spencer all season. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who has missed three games, played after saying he is at “97 percent” healthy.

The Eagles and Cowboys meet in the season finale on Dec. 29. Between now and then, the Eagles face Arizona (7-4), Detroit (7-5), Minnesota (2-8-1) and Chicago (6-5). Dallas plays Chicago, Green Bay (5-6-1) and Washington (3-8). The strength of schedule and chance to play the Eagles at home would slightly favor the Cowboys.

But the battle of attrition seems to give the Eagles an edge.

“When you have starters with games lost, I think it’s always a difficult deal, just because of the preparation part of it and getting guys ready to play in games,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “It’s a huge thing for us, not only in the (offensive) line but a lot of our positions because we haven’t lost many guys, especially starters to injuries that have had them out. It’s really helped us.”

Wolff, safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Bradley Fletcher, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles are the only starters to miss games with in-season injuries. That’s a total of 14 games missed by starters (Wolff replaced Chung as a starter while he was out with a shoulder injury).

Chung has returned to the lineup to replace Wolff. Fletcher (pectoral muscle) and Kendricks (knee) are expected to return to their spots Sunday.

The Eagles lost three players, including starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, to ACL tears early in training camp. They have not placed a player on injured reserve since the season began.

Eagles without three defensive starters

November, 17, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles will be without three injured defensive starters in Sunday's game against Washington.

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks and rookie safety Earl Wolff are inactive after injuring knees in last week's game in Green Bay. Najee Goode will start at Kendricks' inside linebacker spot. It will be worth watching to see if he is used to shadow Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, as Kendricks likely would have been. Veteran Patrick Chung, who began the season in the starting lineup, will play in place of Wolff.

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher will miss his second game after injuring a pectoral muscle in Oakland two weeks ago. Fletcher missed a game earlier in the season with a concussion. Roc Carmichael will start in his place. Carmichael played well last week. Fletcher's absence has a domino effect, however. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis had Cary Williams in single coverage more often against the Packers, and that made him a bit of a target.

Left tackle Jason Peters, who has a number of nagging injuries including quadriceps and pectoral injuries, is active and will start.

Eagles could be without four starters

November, 15, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Three Philadelphia Eagles starters, not counting quarterback Michael Vick, are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Left tackle Jason Peters has been playing with a list of nicks, led by quadriceps and pectoral muscle injuries. It wouldn’t be surprising if he played, but the Eagles could also choose to sit him out this week and give him an extra week of rest with the bye week looming. Allen Barbre, who played well in relief of Peters last week, would start if Peters can’t go.

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Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (knee) seemed like a long shot to play. The questionable status, which signifies a 50-percent chance to play, is actually more positive than expected. Najee Goode would play in place of Kendricks, who would otherwise be the leading candidate to shadow Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) was questionable last week as well, and did not play in Green Bay. Roc Carmichael filled in for him.

As expected, safety Earl Wolff (hyperextended right knee) is out. Patrick Chung, the starter going into the season, will step back into the lineup. Linebacker/special teamer Jake Knott is also out with a hamstring injury.

Chung (shoulder), defensive end Cedric Thornton (knee), tight end Brent Celek (hip), and wide receiver Riley Cooper (knee) were listed as probable.
PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles could be without half their starting secondary when they face Washington and Robert Griffin III.

Safety Earl Wolff is listed as week-to-week with a hyperextended knee. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who injured a pectoral two weeks ago in Oakland, has been practicing but is still experiencing soreness and weakness in the muscle. In addition, inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks is expected to be out with a knee injury.

“It’s tough,” Wolff said. “I’ve never missed a game in my life, ever. I’ve been playing football since third grade and I’ve never missed a game. So it’s a different experience. Pretty tough.”

The bad news would be considerably worse if the Eagles hadn’t already gotten solid play from their replacements.

Patrick Chung was the starter at safety going into the season. Wolff replaced him when Chung injured his shoulder in a Sept. 19 game against Kansas City. Chung tried to come back after two weeks, reinjured the shoulder and missed the next two games.

Chung is back. He played three quarters in Green Bay Sunday after Wolff banged knees with Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

“He made a couple of nice tackles with that shoulder,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “We don't foresee it being a recurring problem. I think it's in the rearview window for Patrick.”

Linebacker Najee Goode would likely start in place of Kendricks. He also delivered three solid quarters of play against the Packers.

Fletcher was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report. He said Tuesday that he was originally told the injury would likely keep him out two weeks. So there’s a chance Fletcher could be inactive even though he practiced Wednesday.

Davis went with Roc Carmichael, the third-year player signed off the Houston Texans’ practice squad in September. That allowed Brandon Boykin to remain in his role as the slot corner.

“I need Boykin to be a great nickel,” Davis said, “and I felt and we feel as a staff that it lessens his ability to play nickel if he's playing corner and nickel every down both inside and outside. Some guys can do it in the NFL, and I just believe right now for Boykin to be the best nickel we have because I need a dominant nickel in there for all the third downs and two minutes and it was better for us putting Roc outside. I think it did work out. Boykin had a great game as a nickel, and I think Roc played a nice job outside at corner.”

Boykin was playing nickel corner when he intercepted Griffin in the Sept. 9 game between these teams.

That was a different Griffin, however.

“When we played them the first time, he was coming off the injury,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “He didn’t get any live reps. He’s a lot different now. It’s a big challenge for us. He’s running around a lot more. He’s throwing the ball really well. We expect a little bit different look.”

CB Fletcher inactive with pec injury

November, 10, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

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Fletcher injured a pectoral muscle last week in Oakland. He practiced all week and was listed as questionable. Fletcher indicated he expected to play.

With Fletcher out, the Eagles could go several ways. Brandon Boykin, the nickel cornerback, could move outside in the base defense. Roc Carmichael, who was on the field for 20 defensive plays last week, could also play outside with Boykin sliding into the slot in the nickel package. Curtis Marsh, who was re-signed last week, is also available. Safety Patrick Chung, who is active, can also play slot corner.

With Aaron Rodgers out and Seneca Wallace at quarterback, the Packers may play more two-back sets. That would keep the Eagles from playing as much nickel.

Michael Vick, still nursing that hamstring injury, was also listed as inactive. So was linebacker Jake Knott, who pulled a hamstring two weeks ago.
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Green Bay due to a pectoral injury he sustained in Oakland.

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Quarterback Michael Vick was listed as doubtful due to his hamstring strain. That would have been the headline in the past, but Vick’s condition has become almost an afterthought five weeks after the original injury. Linebacker and special-teamer Jake Knott is also doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Fletcher’s status would be a bigger issue if the Eagles were facing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But even with Seneca Wallace replacing the injured Rodgers, there are repercussions if Fletcher can’t go or is limited.

With Fletcher on the defensive left and Cary Williams on the right, the Eagles don’t move their corners around, or have one of them follow the other team’s top receiver.

“As of right now,” Williams said, “we’re preparing like Bradley’s going to play. Hopefully he does. If he doesn’t, we’ll probably keep to the same formula.”

That could mean slot corner Brandon Boykin moving out to take Williams’ side. Or Roc Carmichael, who was on the field for 20 defensive snaps in Oakland, could play outside with Boykin remaining in the slot.

“Roc’s been impressive,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. “Roc came out and competed well and made a couple of plays for us. And I've got all the confidence in the world in Roc, and him out at corner. He's a competitor, he's a bright young man that's picked up the defense well for not being here through the offseason. We’re excited about Roc and feel very comfortable with him out there.”

Safety Patrick Chung, who is listed as probable with a shoulder injury, can also play the slot corner spot. And the Eagles signed cornerback Curtis Marsh early in the week, giving them an extra option.

It’s also possible that the Packers will use more two-back formations with Wallace at quarterback in order to focus on the running game.

And, of course, it’s also possible that Fletcher will play and get through the entire game.

The other players listed as probable were Carmichael (groin), wide receiver Damaris Johnson (ankle), left tackle Jason Peters (pectoral, shoulder), running back Chris Polk (shoulder, knee), defensive end Cedric Thornton (knee) and offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde (knee).
PHILADELPHIA -- Talk to the Eagles and you sense they would love to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. If they have to settle for beating the Packers without Rodgers, well, that’s not such a bad alternative.

“It goes both ways,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said. “You do always want to play against the best. That being said, they’re probably at a significant disadvantage for this game. Winning is the biggest priority. I want to play against the best, but if he’s not in there, I’m happy to have any advantage.”

Seneca Wallace, Rodgers’ 33-year-old backup, started a game against the Eagles way back in 2008. Wallace was with Seattle at the time. Defensive end-turned-linebacker Trent Cole is the only Eagles defender still with the team from that game.

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AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, FileGreen Bay's backup quarterback Seneca Wallace has the respect of Philadelphia's players and coaches.
There is more familiarity among the Eagles coordinators. Pat Shurmur was the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2011 and 2012. Wallace was the Browns’ backup and started the last three games of the 2011 season.

“One thing about Seneca, he's a veteran player,” Shurmur said. “He knows how to play this game. He's got a good set of legs on him. And he can move around and make throws. I think he's got a very strong arm, and he's played long enough in their system, Mike's [McCarthy] system, to be efficient.”

Of course, Wallace got his opportunity to play for McCarthy because Shurmur cut him during the 2012 training camp.

Bill Davis, the Eagles offensive coordinator, was the linebackers coach on Shurmur’s staff, so he saw plenty of Wallace in practice.

“Being around Seneca, I know he's a great move quarterback,” Davis said. “The boots, the sprints. He's a very athletic guy. Knowing that Seneca can get out of that pocket and has great escapeability, the back half of the coverage has to cover longer. Now instead of covering for three seconds, you're covering for five, six, possibly seven. There's a big difference in the mobile quarterback for us.”

Ultimately, the Eagles know their challenge went from Rodgers, one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, to a journeyman backup in the snap of a collarbone. It certainly looks like a lucky break.

“I don’t see it as a break,” Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said. “I see it as an opportunity to go out and play football. Aaron Rodgers is a monumental part of their organization, a huge part of their offense, a tremendous player, a great athlete. You hate to see a player like that go down, because you want to go out there and compete against the best.”

They won’t get that chance. They’ll have to settle for a better chance to win the game.

“I don’t think they’re going to change up anything,” Williams said, “but I don’t think we’re catching a break. I think Seneca Wallace is a capable quarterback. He’s a savvy veteran. Obviously, he knows how to play the game. He knows how to get the job done. If he wasn’t that guy, he wouldn’t be in the NFL anymore.”
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was limited for a second day of practice after injuring his ankle during Wednesday’s session.

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Coach Chip Kelly downplayed the severity of the injury before Thursday’s practice.

“He's going to come out and practice today,” Kelly said. “Yeah, he hurt his ankle. He should be full [participation]. We'll see what he can do and what the effects are, but he just rolled it or tweaked it or whatever, but he's going today.”

Jackson, whose left ankle appeared heavily taped, was listed as a limited participant on the post-practice report. The Eagles will be on the practice field Friday and Saturday, but those are considerably lighter sessions. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles list Jackson’s availability for Sunday’s game in Oakland on the official Friday report.

They can ill afford to lose the speedy Jackson, who is their only serious deep threat. The Eagles have struggled badly enough on offense as it is, failing to score a touchdown in either of their last two games. Eliminating the long-ball threat posed by Jackson will make it that much easier for the Raiders to clamp down on LeSean McCoy and the run game.

Damaris Johnson, who backs Jackson up, was a full participant Thursday after not practicing Tuesday or Wednesday.

“Today is a big day to kind of see where he is and what he can do and can't do,” Kelly said.

Kelly talks QB reps, Sopoaga trade

October, 30, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly offered a bit more insight than usual into how he prepares his quarterbacks during the week.

That became an issue Sunday, when rookie quarterback Matt Barkley was forced into action for the second week in a row. Even though starter Michael Vick was nursing a cranky hamstring that had kept him sidelined for two weeks, Barkley got only the usual limited practice time with the first team.

Kelly’s practices are closed to the media, so there is some uncertainty about how he conducts them.

“When you go into a game, your backup quarterback doesn’t get a lot of snaps on a daily basis,” Kelly said. “Today we have 60 snaps for our offense. Our starting quarterback will get 48 of them and our backup quarterback will get 12 of them.”

Kelly received some criticism for calling a naked bootleg for Barkley on first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Barkley revealed Tuesday that it was a play he’d never run in practice.

“He may not have run that play,” Kelly said, “but it’s a naked play. The route combination doesn’t matter. We’re always just trying to dress it up and do it in different ways. Has he run 'naked' since he’s been here? Yes, he’s run 'naked' since he’s been here. There’s a guy in the flat and a guy on the drag. Was it specifically that call? He may not have run that rep in practice.”

Kelly said the offense runs four “low red zone” snaps in practice and the starter gets all four of them.

Ultimately, Kelly called a play that asked more than his rookie quarterback was capable of handling, and a turnover resulted.

Serving youth: The trade of Isaac Sopoaga Tuesday was more about the young players behind the veteran nose tackle, Kelly said.

“We felt like we had a couple of younger guys that we had to continue to get in there,” Kelly said. “Clifton Geathers is a great example. He played 13 snaps on Sunday against the Giants and he had three contacts with the ball. He’s a guy that just keeps getting better. Bennie Logan is a guy we need to see more of. Damion Square is a guy who was up for the first two games -- when you watch practice, Square, Logan and Geathers need more reps.”

Sopoaga was credited with 18 tackles, one for a loss, and three quarterback hurries in eight games. The 32-year-old was dealt to New England before the trade deadline, along with a sixth-round draft pick, in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

No tear for Vick: Kelly said the MRI of Vick’s left hamstring showed no new injury or more severe tear.

“It’s hurt in the same spot,” Kelly said. “We’ll monitor it and see how he goes. I don’t anticipate Mike being able to play this week. The one thing I know about Mike is he’s unbelievable when it comes to rehab and listening to [the medical staff]. There’s nothing new from what happened last time.”

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