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You could make an incredible team out of the players who were injured against the Eagles this season

On Monday, it was reported that Tony Romo would not play against the Eagles in the Week 17 finale. That is a huge break for the Eagles, who are trying to win their first NFC East title since 2010. It is nothing new for this Eagles team, which has avoided having to face star players all season long. In fact, you could put together an extraordinarily decorated team comprised of the players the Eagles missed.

You could make an incredible team out of the players who were injured against the Eagles this season

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is among the many NFL stars the Eagles managed to avoid playing this year. (Carlos Osorio/AP file photo)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is among the many NFL stars the Eagles managed to avoid playing this year. (Carlos Osorio/AP file photo)
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On Monday, it was reported that Tony Romo would not play against the Eagles in the Week 17 finale. That is a huge break for the Eagles, who are trying to win their first NFC East title since 2010. It is nothing new for this Eagles team, which has avoided having to face star players all season long. In fact, you could put together an extraordinarily decorated team comprised of the players the Eagles missed.

Here's what I came up with:

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers, Packers: 2011 NFL MVP, Super Bowl winner. Best career QB rating, completion %, and TD:INT ratio in the history of the NFL.

Running Back

Adrian Peterson, Vikings: 2012 NFL MVP, 5x Pro Bowler, 5x All Pro, 2x rushing leader, 2,000+ rushing yards in 2012.

DeMarco Murray, Cowboys: Best yards per carry in the NFL (min 150 carries).

Wide Receiver

Randall Cobb, Packers: 80 catches, 954 yards, 8 TD in 2012. Was on pace for 1612 yards from scrimmage through the first 4 weeks in 2013 being being hurt in Week 5.

Mike Williams, Buccaneers: 193 catches, 2731 yards, 23 TDs his first 3 years. By comparison, Williams’ reception totals, yardage totals, and TD numbers his first 3 years are all better than Jeremy Maclin’s first 3 years.

Tight End

Jermichael Finley: Averages 703 receiving yards in seasons he is able to stay healthy.

Left Tackle

Ryan Clady, Broncos: 3x Pro Bowler, 2x first team All Pro

Left Guard

Carl Nicks, Buccaneers: 2x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro

Center

Dan Koppen, Broncos: 136 career starts, 2007 Pro Bowl, 2007 All Pro

Right Guard

Chris Snee, Giants: 4x Pro Bowler, 3x All Pro

Right Tackle

Bryan Bulaga, Packers: Former 1st round pick, serviceable starter in the NFL so far, has struggled to stay healthy.

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DEFENSE

Defensive Ends

Henry Melton, Bears: Technically, Melton is a 4-3 DT, but we’ll shoehorn him in as a 3-4 DE. The 6 sacks he had last season don’t do his game justice. Highly valuable player that the Bears franchise tagged after 2012 season.

Anthony Spencer, Cowboys: Spencer doesn’t fit here perfectly, but again, we’ll shoehorn him in. 11 sacks in 2012.

Nose Tackle

Shaun Rogers, Giants: 3x Pro Bowler.

Outside Linebackers

DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys: 7x Pro Bowler, 4x first team All Pro, 2x sack leader, 117 career sacks.

Von Miller, Broncos: 2x Pro Bowler, All Pro, 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 30 sacks first 2 NFL seasons.

Inside Linebacker

Sean Lee, Cowboys: Not a decorated player in terms of awards because he struggles to stay heathy, but clearly a great player when he’s right. *Lee played against the Eagles earlier this season, but is doubtful to play Week 17, so we'll include him.

Jon Beason, Giants: 3x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro.

Cornerback

Champ Bailey, Broncos: 12x Pro Bowler (most ever for a CB), 7x All Pro, 52 career INTs.

Charles Tillman, Bears: 2x Pro Bowler, 2012 All Pro, 36 career INTs, and an absurd 42 career forced fumbles.

Safety

Tyvon Branch, Raiders: The Raiders thought enough of Branch to franchise tag him after the 2012 season.

Brandon Meriweather, Redskins: 7 tackles, TFL, 2 PBU, INT vs Eagles in only game vs Eagles in 2012.

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