The Eagles played without their two starting cornerbacks for much of their 40-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.
Byron Maxwell left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury that required X-rays. He tried playing through the injury but could not remain in the game. Maxwell returned to the sideline in the second half, but he never reentered the game.
Eric Rowe left in the second quarter with a concussion. The injury placed the rookie in the league-mandated concussion protocol and left the Eagles thin at a position that already lacked depth. With a game against Washington looming on Saturday, Rowe's status will be important to watch this week.
The Eagles dressed only four cornerbacks. E.J. Biggers joined the starting unit, and Jaylen Watkins also played on defense. The Eagles already had a tough matchup against the NFL's top-rated offense. With the Eagles' reserves on the field, the Cardinals took advantage of the mismatches in the second quarter.
The Eagles were already without one starter after Nolan Carroll broke his ankle on Thanksgiving. They also have Denzel Rice, but he was inactive for the game.
Scare for Bradford
The Eagles survived a brief scare in the first quarter when quarterback Sam Bradford exited the game. Bradford appeared to injure his upper body after taking a hit on the Eagles' opening drive. He went to the sideline, where he was briefly evaluated before returning to the game.
Bradford missed only one play: Mark Sanchez handed off the ball to Darren Sproles for a 3-yard loss.
With a healthy 53-man roster, there were no surprises among the Eagles' seven inactive players. They played four running backs for the second consecutive week and dressed only five wide receivers.
The inactive players were Rice, quarterback Thad Lewis, wide receiver Jonathan Krause, linebacker Steven Means, offensive lineman Barrett Jones, offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, and defensive end Brandon Bair.
The Eagles did not have any players out, doubtful, or questionable, so all the players were healthy scratches. Running back Kenjon Barner was active with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Sproles for the second consecutive week. Krause was inactive to make room for the fourth running back.