PHILADELPHIA - Almost all of the Eagles' starters will be wearing baseball caps instead of helmets during Thursday's presesaon finale at the New York Jets.

Coach Chip Kelly announced Monday that he will keep with tradition and rest quarterback Michael Vick, running back DeSean Jackson, linebacker Connor Barwin and others against the Jets.

The exception is the Eagles' secondary, where some of the starting cornerbacks and safeties will likely play a series or two for different reasons.

"We have a lack of depth at cornerback," Kelly said before the team's final open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. "We can't go through with only (five) guys available back there. And it's a work in progress at the safety position."At cornerback, Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes are both sidelined with broken hands while Eddie Whitley was waived with an injury settlement Sunday after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday's preseason game at Jacksonville. As a result, the Eagles have only five healthy cornerbacks in starters Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams, plus Brandon Boykin, Trevard Lindley and rookie Jordan Poyer.

Fletcher and Williams likely won't play much. Boykin will probably have to handle the slot position for most of the game while Lindley and Poyer vie for a spot on the regular-season roster.

The Eagles ended practice Monday with 76 players and must be at 75 by 4 p.m. today. After playing the Jets, they must make another round of cuts in order to be at 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday.

"It's a very tough part of this job," said Kelly, who never had to make so many personnel moves at the University of Oregon. "Every one of these guys has given everything they have and we'll be cutting a bunch of really good guys. It's very difficult. It's a shame that we can't keep everybody. But we have to get from (the preseason limit of) 90 to 53."

EXTRA POINTS: Nick Foles will start at quarterback against the Jets. Rookie Matt Barkley will also play extensively. ... The Eagles got a scare during Monday's workout when running back Bryce Brown had to be helped off the field with a left ankle injury. Brown said afterward that he thought he may have broken it, but was able to walk it off. ... The Eagles announced that they drew approximately 110,000 total fans to the five open practices at the Linc.


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