Lewis in car accident, Brown to return kicks

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Dion Lewis was in a car accident this morning, but was not seriously injured and was at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night, the Eagles said.

The Eagles running back was shook up, however, so the team decided to not dress him for the game against the Cowboys.

With Lewis out Ronnie Brown will return kicks. The seven-year NFL veteran has never returned a kick in the NFL. Before the season, Eagles special team coordinator Bobby April mentioned that Brown could be option in the return game.

Brown said then that the only time he returned kicks was during the preseason.

The Eagles are down to just two running backs -- LeSean McCoy and Brown -- with Lewis sidelined. Fullback Owen Schmitt is also active.

FROM EARLIER:

In a bit of surprise, running back Dion Lewis was among the Eagles inactives for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.

The rookie has been the team's sole kick returner this season and appeared to have taken over Ronnie Brown's spot as the backup tailback to LeSean McCoy.

Brown, of course, was briefly traded to Detroit just before the trade deadline two weeks ago. But the deal was negated when Lions running back Jerome Harrison -- who the Eagles received in exchange for Brown -- was found to have a brain tumor.

Brown returned to the Eagles and was in the lineup Sunday night. The Eagles had spoken about using the former Miami running back as a returner even though he didn't do it much with the Dolphins. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin could also be an option as a kick returner.

The Eagles other inactives are: Tackle Winston Justice, safety Jarrad Page, defensive end Phillip Hunt, linebacker Keenan Clayton, cornerback Curtis Marsh and guard Julian Vandervelde.

Backup guard Kyle DeVan was active for the second straight game.

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