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Eagles Inactives: Zach Ertz out vs. Broncos; Jay Ajayi to play

The Eagles are without Zach Ertz on Sunday. He's inactive. 

Ertz popped up on the injury report Thursday with hamstring tightness. He was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. Head coach Doug Pederson said Ertz would play but his pregame warmup didn't go well. 

During pregame warmups, Ertz was shaking his head and didn't look like himself. At one point, he ran a sprint and then crouched in pain. He spoke briefly with Pederson and tight ends coach Justin Peelle and presumably told them the bad news. 

Expect Trey Burton to have an expanded role Sunday, but Brent Celek will start in Ertz's spot. 

The Birds will have running back Jay Ajayi, who was traded to Philadelphia from Miami before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Eagles haven't thrown the whole playbook at Ajayi just yet but Pederson wanted to get him comfortable with 10-15 plays. Expect Ajayi to play sparingly on run plays. The Eagles have all five running backs active. 

Ronald Darby (ankle) is still inactive. He has been listed as questionable for the last three weeks but with the bye week coming up, the Eagles elected to give him some more time to get ready. Darby hasn't played since Week 1 when he dislocated his right ankle. 

Here are the rest of the Eagles' inactives: Nate Sudfeld, Shelton Gibson, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Taylor Hart. 

Sudfeld is inactive after being signed to the 53-man roster last week. He's the third quarterback on the roster, so he'll be the weekly inactive going forward.

For the Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is active. Here are the Broncos' inactives: QB Paxton Lynch, RB De'Angelo Henderson, ILB Todd Davis, DE DeMarcus Walker, OT Donald Stephenson, WR Jordan Taylor.