Bennie Logan and Byron Maxwell both missed Saturday's game against the Redskins. Logan has a calf injury, and Maxwell has a shoulder injury. Neither player practiced during the week, so their absences were expected. But they were two key pieces of the defense missing for the critical game.
Beau Allen started at nose tackle in place of Logan, who was sidelined for the first time in his three years with the Eagles. The Eagles played Brandon Bair as the sixth defensive lineman, and he mixed in at nose tackle.
It was Allen's first career start. The most snaps he played in his career came in the first Washington game, when the Eagles were down to only four healthy linemen for much of the game.
E.J. Biggers started at cornerback in place of Maxwell. The Eagles played Jaylen Watkins often at cornerback, too. Denzel Rice was active but stuck mostly to special teams.
Biggers, who used to play for the Redskins, started for the second time this season. Saturday was the first time Maxwell did not play this season, although he left the first Washington game and last week's loss to Arizona because of injuries.
The Eagles also missed wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, a key special-teams player. Jonathan Krause was active in Ajirotutu's spot.
The other inactive players were quarterback Thad Lewis, linebacker Steven Means, and offensive linemen Tanner Hawkinson and Barrett Jones.
The Eagles started Ryan Mathews at running back for the third consecutive game. They played Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner before DeMarco Murray. All four running backs had roles in the offense.
Sproles, Mathews, and Murray all had carries in the first half, but the Eagles could not generate much of a rushing game. They averaged 2.4 yards on nine first-half carries.
Murray played more as the game progressed, and his second half included a touchdown and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Left tackle Jason Peters and wide receiver Riley Cooper both left the game with injuries for a brief period. They returned after evaluation from the medical staff. . . . Fletcher Cox recorded a first-half sack to bring his total to 81/2 this season.