ST. LOUIS -- Wide receiver Steve Smith will at least dress for the Eagles today, nine months after microfracture surgery. He said this week he has a package of plays he has been working on, so perhaps we'll see him on the field for a few snaps.
Smith was not on the Eagles inactive list, but the Eagles top two draft picks, Danny Watkins and Jaiquawn Jarrett, both were. Watkins, projected as a starter as late as last Sunday morning, instead won't even be in uniform today. He has struggled adjusting to playing guard in the NFL, and Jarrett has also yet to make much of an impression.
Other inactives are: Vince Young (who has been trying to come back from a hamstring injury in the final preseason game), Curtis Marsh, Julian Vandervelde, Winston Justice and Philip Hunt.
That means the Eagles have just two backup offensive linemen today: Jamaal Jackson (who can play center or guard) and King Dunlap.
It also shows that the team really likes Brandon Hughes, who will dress ahead of Marsh, though with Joselio Hanson back he probably won't see much playing time.
If anything happens to Mike Vick, Mike Kafka will get the call, and perhaps throw his first regular season pass.
If things really go badly, Jason Avant is probably the third QB. He was almost put into the last preseason game after Young was hurt and Kafka got dinged.