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Eagles Inactives: Trey Burton, Beau Allen out vs. Bears

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Eagles Inactives: Trey Burton, Beau Allen out vs. Bears

The Eagles are without Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) for Sunday's game against the Bears. 

Both entered the weekend listed as questionable and are inactive. 

Without Burton, the Eagles have just two tight ends active. While nothing is likely to change for Zach Ertz, Brent Celek could see an expanded role. 

Without Allen in the lineup, rookie Elijah Qualls is active for the first time since the Arizona game. He has played just 50 snaps all season. 

Joining Allen and Burton on the inactive list are: Nate Sudfeld, Marcus Johnson, Wendell Smallwood, Dannell Ellerbe, Will Beatty. 

With Johnson down, Shelton Gibson is active for the first time in his career. Gibson, a fifth-round pick out of West Virginia, had a terrible training camp but still made the active roster. He has been behind Johnson throughout the season. 

Steven Means is also active for the first time since the Carolina game. He has just eight defensive snaps all season. 

Ellerbe and Beatty have another week under their belts and have been learning their new schemes but are still inactive. This is their second week with the team. 

Bears inactives: QB Mark Sanchez, WR Joshua Bellamy, DB DeAndrew Houston-Carson, DB Bryce Callahan, LB Danny Trevathan, OL Tom Compton, DL Robertson-Harris.

Jeff Lurie releases statement in light of NFL's national anthem policy

Jeff Lurie releases statement in light of NFL's national anthem policy

The NFL’s new policy that aims to eliminate on-field demonstrations during the playing of the national anthem has been the biggest news of the day. 

The policy (outlined here) has been met with plenty of reactions, even from a couple notable Eagles players (see story)

On Wednesday evening, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie released the following statement: 

I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities. In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us. We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all.

Lurie is considered one of the more socially aware owners in the NFL and his players have been very appreciative of his support in the past. Lurie even joined his team on the field during this season in September after President Donald Trump publicly said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.'"

But this statement doesn’t really answer any questions. 

While it’s noteworthy that Lurie is proud of players who fight for positive change and at least he mentioned the reason players are protesting in the first place, the Eagles’ owner didn’t address any specifics about how the Eagles will address the new anthem policy and possible fines that could be levied by the NFL to the Eagles. Nor did Lurie address if or how the Eagles would discipline players now that the power to do so is in their hands. 

In fact, Lurie didn’t specifically mention the anthem or protests at all. 

It was first reported that the policy passed unanimously, but then it was revealed that 49ers owner Jed York abstained from the vote. Lurie, presumably, voted for the policy. At least we know he didn’t vote against it. 

Earlier in the day, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said his team would support any players who wanted to protest during the anthem and would not fine them.

Lurie’s statement fell short of answering some important questions. 

Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, others react to NFL's national anthem policy

Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, others react to NFL's national anthem policy

Updated: 9:35 p.m.

As expected, the reactions started pouring in Wednesday when the NFL announced its new national anthem policy.

From players to organizations and groups outside of football, many are acknowledging the league's polarizing decision.

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie released a statement Wednesday night (see story). Here's a look at how his team could be affected (see story), while players have started to express their thoughts on the policy.

"Ultimately it is taking the players' voice away," Lane Johnson told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. "I think there will be some backlash from their decision."

Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long also released statements on their Twitter accounts.

Here's a look at some of the reactions: