Dennis Kelly expected to miss at least first two games of the season

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Dennis Kelly. (Rick Scuteri/AP file)

Eagles tackle Dennis Kelly said that he is scheduled to have his back evaluated by doctors on Sept. 16 before he can be cleared to return following surgery.

Kelly had surgery to repair a herniated disk on Aug. 8. The Eagles said then that he would miss the entire preseason. The second-year tackle is expected to make the 53-man roster, but would miss at least the first two games of the season. If his recovery takes longer the Eagles could decide to place Kelly on season-ending Injured Reserve.

Kelly said that he wasn't sure if he would be able to play right away once he's cleared by doctors. Heading into camp, he was the likely backup right tackle. Kelly started in 10 games last season as rookie -- seven at right tackle and three at right guard.

With Kelly sidelined, veteran Allen Barbre has been the first tackle off the bench and filled in for left tackle Jason Peters as he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Peters returned last week and played against the Jaguars.

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