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Making sense of the Eagles inactives

Omar Gaither is active again for the Eagles after the veteran linebacker did not dress last week against the Jaguars.

Making sense of the Eagles inactives

Linebacker Omar Gaither is active today after not dressing for last week's game against the Jaguars.

Here's the list of Eagles inactives: Joique Bell, Trevard Lindley, Antwan Barnes, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Keenan Clayton, Austin Howard, Clay Harbor and Mike Kafka.

The only difference from last week is that Gaither is dressing over Bell. Against Jacksonville, the Eagles decided to go with four running backs and a fullback for some reason, even though J. Bell never got on the field.

As for Gaither, it's unclear whether he or JaMar Chaney would step in for Stewart Bradley if he were to go down. For what it's worth, Gaither is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart that the team hands out in the press box.

The Eagles have eight active offensive linemen once again. The three backups are King Dunlap, Max Jean-Gilles and Reggie Wells. Nick Cole, who was questionable, is active and expected to start at right guard. Last week, Cole started but was replaced by Wells because of a knee injury. This week, if Cole can't go, Reid said Jean-Gilles would take his place.

Jorrick Calvin, who handled some kickoff and punt return duties last week, is active. It'll be interesting to see how much of that he does today.

The Eagles have eight defensive linemen active, and expect all of them to play. Barnes, who played quite a bit the first two weeks of the season, is inactive for the second consecutive game.

As for the Redskins, they will be without first-round pick and starting left tackle Trent Williams. Starting in his place will be Stephon Heyer. He's charged with trying to block Trent Cole, who has been a beast through the first two games. It'll be interesting to see how much help the Redskins give Heyer on the left side. And don't be surprised if Sean McDermott blitzes heavily on Donovan McNabb's blind side.

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