Thursday, December 25, 2014

Eagles vs. Steelers pre-game notes

For the first time since Jan. 1, the Eagles will play a game in Lincoln Financial Field. It will obviously be an emotional night after Garrett Reid's passing, and the Eagles are wearing a "GR" patch on their helmets and will have a moment of silence. They will also honor two firefighters and two police officers who lost their lives.

Eagles vs. Steelers pre-game notes

Linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who will play on the first team against the Steelers, makes his Eagles debut tonight. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who will play on the first team against the Steelers, makes his Eagles debut tonight. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

For the first time since Jan. 1, the Eagles will play a game in Lincoln Financial Field. It will obviously be an emotional night after Garrett Reid's passing, and the Eagles are wearing a "GR" patch on their helmets and will have a moment of silence. They will also honor two firefighters and two police officers who lost their lives. 

As for the game, here's what to expect:

** All four quarterbacks will play one quarter. Here is the order: Michael Vick, Mike Kafka, Nick Foles and Trent Edwards. The offense and defense are three deep, and each unit will play. The defensive line will rotate as they would in a game.

** Safety Nate Allen, tight end Brent Celek, defensive ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin, linebacker Jamar Chaney, wide receiver Riley Cooper, cornerback Cliff Harris and guard Brandon Washington will not play.  

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** Some players to watch out for making their Eagles debut: LBs DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, who will play with the first team; O.J. Atogwe, who will start at strong safety; Demetress Bell, who will start at left tackle. 

** The Eagles' top punt returner will be Damaris Johnson. The top kick returner will be Brandon Boykin. 

Leave any questions below. Excited that football is back.

Zach Berman Inquirer Staff Writer
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