The roster gets cut from 90 to 75 players after this preseason Game 3, so a lot is riding on this one for many young careers—and some fading careers, too.
QB Nick Foles is expected to play little more than 1 quarter for the Eagles—then it’s the Trent Edwards Show the rest of the way.
TV: 6ABC (Local Philly area)
Game Time: 7:30 EDT, August 24, 2012…Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns had a pretty good defensive outing in their previous preseason game, a 35-10 blowout of the Green Bay Packers, so Nick Foles should get a decent test while he is in there. The Browns defense (coordinated by Dick Jauron) held a sloppy Packers squad to 228 total yards and 10 first downs and forced four turnovers. Reserve safety David Sims had the most notable takeaway, intercepting Green Bay quarterback Graham Harrell and returning the pick 38 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter. The Browns succeeded on the defensive side of the ball despite the absence of several starters, with linebackers D’Qwell Jackson (shoulder), Scott Fujita (leg) and Chris Gocong (torn Achilles) and linemen Phil Taylor (torn pectoral), Ahtyba Rubin (pelvic surgery) and Frostee Rucker (knee) all not present. Nickel back Dimitri Patterson also missed the contest with a sprained right ankle.
Fujita, Taylor, Gocong and Patterson are among the Cleveland contingent expected to be held out once again this week, a group that will also include rookie running back Trent Richardson as the fifth overall pick in April’s draft continues to recover from a recent knee scope.
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (head) and tight ends Benjamin Watson (undisclosed) and Jordan Cameron (back), all of whom were inactive against the Packers, could be ready to return for Friday’s test. LB Jackson and DL Rubin are possibilities as well.
In addition to Vick and Kafka, other notable Eagles certain to sit out are defensive end Jason Babin (calf), and probable injury scratches include cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left the New England game with a shoulder injury, linebacker Jamar Chaney (hamstring), linebacker Casey Matthews and safety Tom Nelson (high ankle sprains).
So get ready to to see most of your healthy 1’s play maybe a quarter… then it’s officially the Gong Show. Fifteen guys on the roster won’t be there after this weekend.
I turn you over now to our informed commentators on the Livefyre panel… These folks know their Eagles football, and they know the personnel who are on the bubble tonight, so they can guide you through the mayhem. They can also direct you to a live-stream video feed if you need one…and oh yeah, they will probably entertain you, too, with original and humorous observations of not only football—but life in general. Seriously, if the E-Channel ever gets into NFL broadcasting, they should sign these guys to do live commentary. It would be a hit..gold, Jerry, pure gold!