McDermott: Bradley still starter

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Sean McDermott said that Stewart Bradley will remain the starter when he returns from injury. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Despite the strong play of Jamar Chaney, Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said that Stewart Bradley will remain the starting middle linebacker when he returns from injury.

"It's Stewart's job," McDermott said Thursday.

Bradley dislocated his elbow two weeks ago against the Cowboys and has missed one game since. He's out for Sunday's game against the Vikings and expected to sit out the season finale next week against Dallas, too. The Eagles have not ruled him out for the playoffs, should the Eagles clinch a spot, though.

Chaney recorded a team season-high 16 tackles against New York on Sunday.

"He did a good job," McDermott said. "Another rookie we're talking about starting his first game on a big stage."

Rookie Kurt Coleman will start for the injured Nate Allen at free safety against Minnesota. Special teams coordinator Bobby April said that Coleman's special teams duties will be reduced in light of his increased responsibilities on defense.

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April would not reveal if the Eagles intended to have only 10 players on the field during the pivotal onside kick against the Giants. Some have suggested the tactic, if you can call it that, distracted the Giants. More than likely, the Eagles did not intend on being a player short.

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