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Eagles Inactives: Isaac Seumalo a surprise scratch vs. Chargers

Eagles Inactives: Isaac Seumalo a surprise scratch vs. Chargers

CARSON, Calif. — Isaac Seumalo began the season as the Eagles' starter at left guard. Now he's not even active.

Seumalo was the surprise member of the Eagles' inactives list on Sunday. Stefen Wisniewski will likely start at left guard, while Chance Warmack might rotate in.

This is the first time since the seventh game of his rookie season in 2016 that Seumalo is inactive. He was inactive for the first seven games of his NFL career but has been up every game since then.

Fletcher Cox (calf), Ronald Darby (ankle), Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), Corey Graham (hamstring) and Destiny Vaeao (wrist) were all ruled out on Friday and join Seumalo on the inactive list.

The other healthy inactive is rookie wideout Shelton Gibson.

Two defensive linemen -- Steven Means and Justin Hamilton -- are active for the first time this year.

With Cox and Vaeao ruled out, the Eagles signed Hamilton off their practice squad on Saturday. This will be the first career game for Hamilton and the first game of the season for Means.

Means was praised by the coaching staff throughout training camp and was even given a contract extension. But he has been inactive through the first three games of the season.

Even with Hamilton on the roster and active, it's very possible the Eagles will use defensive ends Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham inside at times on Sunday.

Chargers inactives: QB Cardale Jones, S Dexter McCoil, LB Nick Dzubnar, T Tyler Marz, TE Sean Culkin, WR Mike Williams, DE Jerry Attaochu.

Eagles notes, quotes and tidbits: Beau Allen to start against Chargers

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Eagles notes, quotes and tidbits: Beau Allen to start against Chargers

The Eagles will be without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on Sunday in Los Angeles, which means Beau Allen will get the start. 

Allen came in for Cox during Sunday's game and ended up playing 50 snaps after entering the game with just 40 in the first two games. 

"It's a good opportunity," Allen said this week. "I've started a handful of games here so it's not anything new, but it's always special when you start a football game. So it will be fun."

This will be the sixth start of Allen's career. The former seventh-round pick started three games in 2016 and two games in 2015.  

How will Cox's absence change the Eagles' rotation along the defensive line? 

"You think I'm going to give you all my secrets?" Allen said half-joking. "You're gonna have to wait and see. I'll be playing a lot. We'll see how everything kind of shakes out. I don't want to give away too much but we have a deep defensive line. I don't think people really realize that. We have guys that can kind of play all over. You'll see guys line up in different spots."

Without Cox and fellow DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist), the Eagles are down to four defensive tackles (the team promoted DT Justin Hamilton from the practice squad Saturday). While Allen and even head coach Doug Pederson were hesitant to divulge the plan, it's pretty clear the Eagles will use some of their defensive ends inside this week. 

Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham and even Steven Means, who has been inactive through the first three games, all have the ability as defensive ends to line up inside. 

"Hopefully that's the idea," Means said about the possibility of playing this week. "I've been preparing the same way. I'm ready to go. Coaches know I'm ready to go. If my number gets called, I'm definitely going to be ready." 

Ready for some futbol?
It'll be a little weird for the Eagles this week, playing at StubHub Center, a soccer stadium that has a maximum capacity of 27,000.  

To put that in perspective, the paid attendance at Lincoln Financial Field last week was 69,596. 

The Chiefs went into StubHub last week and came away with a 24-10 win over the Chargers. So this week, Pederson has reached out to some of his former colleagues in Kansas City to ask them about playing in a 27,000 seat venue. 

"It's different," Pederson said. "It's obviously the smaller crowd, smaller venue. It's not what the actual norm is for a typical game day. You're looking at 27,000, 28,000 people. It's a smaller venue [StubHub Center], so it feels a little more of that intimate feeling when you're there. They really enjoyed the atmosphere. It is pretty exciting, though. But I think the biggest thing they mentioned was just the crowd size and the noise, just wasn't the same as playing in a 60- or 70,000-seat stadium."

The Eagles are trying something a little different this year for this West Coast trip. They are flying out Saturday morning and trying to stay completely on an East Coast schedule, which includes having an earlier curfew. The Eagles made the decision based on data they collected starting back during OTAs. 

Anthem dilemma 
As of Friday morning, Pederson wasn't sure what his team will do when the national anthem is played Sunday afternoon in L.A. Last week, the team locked arms on the sideline. 

Malcolm Jenkins, who has been at the forefront of these protests from early last season, is clearly worried that what teams physically do during the anthem has distracted from the focus. Jenkins began his demonstration last year to not just show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick but to highlight racial injustice and systemic racism in America. Raising his fist was just a vehicle. 

So what does he think is going to happen around the league this week? 

"Not my concern," Jenkins said. "My biggest thing is drawing light to the actual issues and the work guys are doing in the league. What happens on Sunday is none of my concern."

Eagles Inactives: 4 draft picks to sit out season opener vs. Redskins

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Eagles Inactives: 4 draft picks to sit out season opener vs. Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. — The Eagles have four draft picks on their inactive list for the season opener. 

Rasul Douglas, Donnel Pumphrey, Shelton Gibson, Elijah Qualls, Chance Warmack, Dexter McDougle and Steven Means are all inactive for Sunday's game against Washington. 

The Eagles were completely healthy heading into Sunday's matchup in Washington. Every player on the 53-man roster practiced in full all week. 

Pumphrey expected to be inactive. After a terrible preseason where he averaged just 1.9 yards per rushing attempt, Pumphrey made the 53-man roster but said during the practice week that he would be inactive. He was right.

With Pumphrey, Gibson, Douglas and Qualls inactive, four of the Eagles' eight draft picks are on the inactive list Sunday. (Sidney Jones is on NFI and Nate Gerry is on the practice squad.) The only active draft picks are Derek Barnett and Mack Hollins. 

Undrafted rookie running back Corey Clement is active. 

McDougle might eventually have a role on the Eagles' defense, but for now, he's still the newcomer after the Eagles traded for him in late August. 

The Eagles kept just seven of their eight offensive linemen active, which makes Warmack the odd man out. Their backup offensive linemen are Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Stefen Wisniewski. 

The Eagles technically have just three cornerbacks active: Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby and Patrick Robinson. But Jaylen Watkins, while technically listed as a safety, has been playing corner and Corey Graham can play corner as well. 

Washington's inactives: Mack Brown, Joshua Holsey, Tyler Catalina, TJ Clemmings, Anthony Lanier, Jeremy Sprinkle and Josh Harvey-Clemons.