Philadelphia Eagles free safety Nate Allen and cornerback Ellis Hobbs are out for Monday night’s game against the Washington Redsins, while right guard Max Jean-Gilles is listed as questionable. Allen is recovering from a neck strain, while Jean-Gilles is still working his way back from a concussion. Hobbs has been slowly improving with his hip flexor.
Allen racked up three interceptions, a sack and 34 tackles through the first eight games of his rookie season. The South Florida product’s starting spot will be filled by fellow rookie Kurt Coleman. The seventh round draft pick practiced with the first-string all week and is more than ready to make his first NFL start.
“I didn’t think it was going to come this soon, but it’s my opportunity to go out and shine,” Coleman said. “I knew I was good enough to play even though I was selected late, that was never a question in my mind.”
Meanwhile, Jean-Gilles’ spot could be filled by Nick Cole, who took over at right guard after the injury last week. Cole has battled knee problems himself this season, and was limited in practice today as a result. The veteran is listed as probable. Cole was the starter for the first three games of the year prior to losing his job due to a combination of injuries and performance. Jean-Gilles had started the last five games after taking over the spot.
Head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t commit to a starter if both guards are healthy. “We’ll just see how things go,” Reid said. “Obviously, Nick’s gotten the most reps this week. We’re comfortable [with both guys]. We know both guys are starting caliber guards. So we’ll just see how they feel.”
Hobbs also had limited participation Thursday and Friday. The veteran missed the Eagles game against the Colts last week and was torched for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns by the Titans’ Kenny Britt while playing through the injury. Dimitri Patterson will start in his place, and could hold onto that starting spot even after Hobbs is at 100 percent.
Offensive tackle King Dunlap is doubtful with a knee injury, and was limited in practice today. Dunlap also had limited participation Thursday and Friday. If he is able to dress, Dunlap will back up Jason Peters and Winston Justice at the two tackle positions.
Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) and defensive end Juqua Parker (hip) were listed on the injury report this week but did not miss practice. Both are expected to play Monday.
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