Eagles without Jason Peters vs. Bills; Alshon Jeffery to play

Eagles without Jason Peters vs. Bills; Alshon Jeffery to play

The Eagles will be without starting left tackle Jason Peters on Thursday night against the Bills in their second preseason game.

Peters missed practice earlier in the week for personal reasons.

In his absence, Lane Johnson will slide from right tackle to left and veteran Matt Tobin will fill in at right tackle. Normally, Halapoulivaati Vaitai would come in at right tackle, but "Big V" has been dealing with a knee injury and won't play.

This will give Johnson reps at left tackle, which could come in handy if he ever needs to play there this season.

"Lane obviously worked at left tackle all spring," head coach Doug Pederson said earlier this week. "Big V obviously at the time was working right tackle. But this will be a good opportunity if something were to happen and they have to do that, at least this Thursday."

Right guard Brandon Brooks (ankle strain) missed the first preseason game but warmed up Thursday night in game pants. He'll play against the Bills.

Alshon Jeffery is going to play against the Bills. Pederson said he was leaning that way earlier in the week. Jeffery is expected to start. 

New cornerback Ronald Darby, who was acquired last Friday, is also expected to play.

Also out for the Eagles: Nick Foles (elbow), Wendell Smallwood (hamstring), Ron Brooks (hamstring), Josh Andrews (hand), Paul Turner (shoulder), Bryce Treggs (sore legs) and Anthony Denham (calf). 

Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are again one step closer to making it to the Hall of Fame.

Both former Eagles were named as two of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class.

Their inclusion on the list Tuesday is not a surprise at all. Both were on the list of finalists last year, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.

The 15 finalists will be announced during January and Hall of Fame voters will cast their votes for the inductees on Super Bowl Saturday.

This is Dawkins' second year of eligibility and Owens' third. Traditionally it has been difficult for safeties to make it into the Hall of Fame, which might have hurt Dawkins. Owens has likely been hurt by his abrasive personality. Both are very worthy candidates and have a shot to be inducted this year.

Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.

The original list of 108 nominees was cut down to 27 semifinalists instead of 25 because of ties.

Here is the full list of semifinalists:

S Steve Atwater
CB/S Ronde Barber
OT Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
S LeRoy Butler
Coach Don Coryell
RB Roger Craig
S Brian Dawkins
G Alan Faneca
WR Torry Holt
OG Steve Hutchinson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James
Coach Jimmy Johnson
CB Ty Law
LB Ray Lewis
FS John Lynch
C/G Kevin Mawae
LB Karl Mecklenburg
WR Randy Moss
DE Leslie O'Neal
WR Terrell Owens
DE Simeon Rice
DE/DT Richard Seymour
LB Brian Urlacher
CB Everson Walls
WR Hines Ward

Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

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Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

Former Eagles cornerback Dexter McDougle has found a home with another one of the top teams in the NFC. 

McDougle on Tuesday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who, like the Eagles, are also on an eight-game winning streak. 

McDougle, 26, came to the Eagles in a trade with the Jets for safety Terrence Brooks in late August and even signed him to a one-year extension in early September. 

The former third-round pick in 2014 played more than the Eagles likely anticipated during his eight games active in Philly. 

In total, McDougle played 55 defensive snaps, and just three weeks ago played 32 of them in a pinch against the 49ers. He also played 135 special teams snaps (50 percent through the Denver game). 

McDougle was waived last week when the Eagles brought in linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. McDougle was expendable as Ronald Darby returned from his dislocated ankle. The only game McDougle was inactive was the opener, before Darby's injury. 

Without McDougle, the Eagles still have plenty of corners. They have five on the roster, including Jaylen Watkins, who is listed as a safety but has played corner this season.