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Fill-ins developing into stars for some teams

Eagles DT Darwin Walker is among the number of young players who has developed into a standout performer while substituting for an injured teammate.

Updated: November 20, 2002, 2:42 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Sitting in the concrete bleachers of the Philadelphia Eagles' incredibly well-appointed training complex late in preseason, with the local media dogging him about adding a veteran to a depleted defensive line unit, team president Joe Banner suggested to a visitor that he preferred to see if any of the club's youngsters made a quantum leap before he reached for the panic button.

Three months later the button remains untouched, largely because of tackle Darwin Walker, a third-year veteran ...

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