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Eagles go heavy at DE, light at DT

Brandon Graham is active after all this week, days after saying he thought he might be shut down for the season. The next question is if last year's first round pick actually plays against the Jets.

Eagles go heavy at DE, light at DT

Brandon Graham is active after all this week, days after saying he thought he might be shut down for the season. The next question is if last year's first round pick actually plays against the Jets.

Graham has been inactive three of the last four weeks. In Seattle two weeks ago he was active but did not play a single snap. The Eagles are going heavy at defensive end, with Juqua Parker and Phillip Hunt both active Sunday as well, along with starters Trent Cole and Jason Babin. Darryl Tapp is out with broken ribs.

It's possible that one of the ends will have to play inside at some point because the Eagles are light at defensive tackle, with only three dressed. Trevor Laws (knee) was downgraded from probable to questionable Saturday and won't play. That leaves only Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson and Derek Landri to play tackle. Rookie Cedric Thornton is inactive. It will be important to watch wear and tear on the tackles as the game goes on. The Jets love to run the ball inside, so the interior linemen could have a busy day.

Other inactives are: Brandon Hughes, Julian Vandervelde, Winston Justice and Greg Lloyd, along with Tapp, Laws and Thornton.

The Eagles are again going with rookie Curtis Marsh as their last cornerback -- though he will get most of his snaps on special teams. King Dunlap will be the backup tackle in case of injury. Todd Herremans was limited in practice this week by a ankle injury, but is starting.

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