Saturday, February 28, 2015

CB Bradley Fletcher out with concussion; Boykin moves outside?

The Eagles ruled cornerback Bradley Fletcher out for Sunday's game against the Chargers with a concussion.

CB Bradley Fletcher out with concussion; Boykin moves outside?

Bradley Fletcher. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Bradley Fletcher. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles ruled cornerback Bradley Fletcher out for Sunday's game against the Chargers with a concussion.

Fletcher didn't practice all week. Brandon Boykin is expected to slide outside from the slot and start for Fletcher at least in the base defense. The Eagles had no media access on Friday.

If Boykin doesn't start, Brandon Hughes and Jordan Poyer are the other likely options. Boykin could move back to his usual spot in the slot in the nickel defense and either Hughes or Poyer could replace him outside. Hughes missed the first game as he recovered from a fractured hand. He practiced all week and has been cleared to play.

Poyer played last week against the Redskins, inside and outside. The rookie struggled.

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Shaun Prater, acquired last week after team's cut down their rosters to 53, was not active in the opener.

The Eagles also have the option to keep Boykin outside for the entire game and move safety Patrick Chung into the slot. Chung played there some during training camp. If Chung were to play in the slot, Nate Allen and Earl Wolff would be the likely safeties.

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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