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Cornerbacks Brandon Hughes, Eddie Whitley both leave early with injuries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two Eagles cornerbacks left Saturday's 31-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with injuries, further depleting a depth chart that was already thin in the defensive backfield.

Cornerbacks Brandon Hughes, Eddie Whitley both leave early with injuries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two Eagles cornerbacks left Saturday's 31-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with injuries, further depleting a depth chart that was already thin in the defensive backfield.

Cornerback Brandon Hughes fractured his left hand playing on special teams in the first quarter. Eddie Whitley left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury. He did not return.

Coach Chip Kelly did not have an update on either of them after the game.

Both were competing to make the roster, which is wide open beyond the top three cornerbacks. Their injuries might complicate the situation. The Eagles already lost cornerback Curtis Marsh to a fractured hand in the second preseason game.

Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, and Brandon Boykin are the only cornerback with secure roster spots. Hughes, Whitley, Jordan Poyer, and Trevard Lindley were vying for spots beyond the top three. There is no timetable for any of their return. The Eagles could also add a cornerback after rosters are trimmed next weekend.

Marsh missed Saturday's game. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly (back) and outside linebacker Phillip Hunt (knee) also were inactive.

PHILLIPS SITS

Kenny Phillips tried to warm-up, but his quad was not healthy enough to play and he missed his second consecutive preseason game. The other players who did not play were punter Brad Wing, quarterbacks Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon, and G.J Kinne, long snapper James Winchester, center Dallas Reynolds, tackle Nic Purcell, wide receiver Will Murphy. 

REMINGTON ON OFFENSIVE LINE

Isaac Remington, who has been playing defensive line throughout much of the summer, dressed as an offensive line on Saturday. Remington needed to change his number to No. 77. He is a long shot to make the roster, but the versatility is helpful û even if he lands on practice squad.

ROBINSON TRAVELS

Newly acquired linebacker Adrian Robinson traveled with the team, but did not play. The Eagles traded Felix Jones to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the former Temple linebacker on Friday.

EXTRA POINTS

The Eagles practice at 11:40 a.m. on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in the final open practice for fans. àThe roster must be reduced to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and must be at 53 players by 6 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ZBerm.

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