The Eagles will not have wide receiver Riley Cooper or safety Colt Anderson for the season opener on Sunday at Cleveland, Andy Reid said today.
Neither was expected to be healthy by the opener. Cooper broke his collarbone on one of the first days of training camp and was given an approximate return date of six weeks after his surgery on July 30.
Anderson tore the ACL in his knee last December and spent all of the preseason on the physically unable to perform list. The special teams ace was activated Friday, however, and placed on the 53-man roster.
If Anderson had remained on PUP he would not have been eligible to play until the seventh game of the season. He said today that there was a chance he could play in Game 2 against the Ravens.
With Cooper out, the Eagles will go with four receivers on Sunday. Rookie Damaris Johnson, who is expected to field punts, will be the fourth receiver after DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant.
-- Nate Allen said that his hamstring was 100 percent healthy. The safety has been hampered by two separate injuries to his right hamstring during the preseason. Reid said he was not concerned about Allen's durability.
-- As expected, Reid said that Nick Foles will be the backup quarterback against the Browns. The Eagles are likely to dress three quarterbacks on Sunday, however, so there really is no way to know who the backup really is unless Michael Vick were to get injured.
-- The Eagles have six defensive ends on their roster. Could they possible dress all six? Reid said, yes, although he did add that five was more realistic. If it's five, rookie Vinny Curry will likely not dress.
-- Reid said that rookie Dennis Kelly, who has played primarily at backup right tackle, could swing to left tackle if needed. Kelly has also played some guard during the preseason. Kelly's versatility could mean he'll be the first offensive lineman off the bench Sunday in case of emergency. It could also mean that tackle Demetress Bell, who opened camp as the starting left tackle, might not dress.
-- Reid confirmed that Jamar Chaney is now the backup strong-side linebacker. Chaney was the backup weak-side linebacker, but when Akeem Jordan moved ahead of Brian Rolle as the starter at that position, Chaney slid over the SAM.