Kelly: Foles to start; First team won't play in preseason finale

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, right, talks with quarterback Nick Foles (9). (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

Chip Kelly said that he will rest his starters in Thursday night's preseason finale at the New York Jets, but that he may have to play some first teamers because of injuries at cornerback.

Nick Foles will start at quarterback and he and Matt Barkley will take the majority of snaps, the Eagles coach said. Kelly said that he hoped to get reserve quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and E.J. Kinne some playing time as well. Starter Michael Vick will rest until the Eagles open the regular season at the Redskins on Sept. 9.

Kelly has yet to name a starting safety opposite Patrick Chung. So Nate Allen will likely play Thursday. Allen and rookie Earl Wolff split first team snaps against the Jaguars Saturday night. Kurt Coleman, David Sims and Colt Anderson are also in the mix at safety.

The Eagles are light at cornerback after Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes fractured bones in their hands. Cornerback Eddie Whitley suffered a knee injury in Jacksonville and was waived/injured on Sunday. Aside from starters Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher and first team nickel corner Brandon Boykin, Trevard Lindley and Jordan Poyer are the lone healthy corners.

The Eagles roster is currently at 76. They need to get to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and to 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday.

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