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Eagles Notes: Huff leaves game with hip injury

Josh Huff left the Eagles' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a hip injury. Huff said it was a bruise and did not believe it was serious.

Josh Huff. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
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Josh Huff left the Eagles' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a hip injury. Huff said it was a bruise and did not believe it was serious.

Huff finished with three kick returns for 93 yards, including a 46-yarder. He was the only player to leave the game Sunday with an injury.

Tight end Trey Burton was inactive with a hamstring injury, leaving the Eagles without one of their top special-teams players. Jeff Maehl was active in Burton's place.

The Eagles' other inactive players were quarterback Nick Foles, cornerback Roc Carmichael, defensive back Jaylen Watkins, offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, and defensive end Taylor Hart.

Marcus Smith's impact

First-round pick Marcus Smith made a big play on Sunday, a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season for the first-round pick. Smith played on the Eagles' punt-return unit. When Seahawks punter Jon Ryan muffed a snap in the first quarter, Smith knocked the ball out of his grasp. Smith said he can make more plays in the season's final month.

"I think I could play a bigger role in that position," Smith said. "They're moving around, and I'm trying to make plays wherever they put me at."

Hawks keep the ball

Seattle's 85 plays were the most by an Eagles opponent this season. They had the ball for nearly 42 minutes, the second-highest total of any opponent this season. Coach Chip Kelly says he does not put much stock into time of possession, but that takes a toll on the defense.

"You can't complain about it, it's just football," cornerback Cary Williams said. "Whether you're out there for the whole 60 minutes or only 10 minutes, it doesn't matter. Obviously they were the better team today, and there is room for improvement."

Ertz in end zone

After a quiet November, tight end Zach Ertz found the end zone for the first time since Week 6. Ertz caught a 35-yard score in the third quarter, which was the Eagles' biggest play of the game.

Ertz has not had the breakthrough season that he appeared poised to have during the summer. He has 36 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Ertz also had the fumble recovery on the Seahawks' mishandled punt.

Extra points

Linebacker Connor Barwin finished with one sack and now has 131/2 this season, which is fourth in the NFL and No. 12 on the Eagles all-time single-season list. . . . Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin scored his 10th receiving touchdown of the season, tying a career high. He's the fourth Eagle with at least two 10-plus-touchdown seasons.