PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles' defense is hurting.
Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and safety Earl Wolff both suffered knee injuries in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-13 victory at Green Bay and did not practice on Tuesday. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher's status is also uncertain after he missed the Packers game with a pectoral strain.
There is a chance that the Eagles will be relying on backups Najee Goode, Patrick Chung and Roc Carmichael, respectively, in their upcoming rematch with quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
"Getting a chance to start would mean a lot," said Goode, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay just prior to the start of the season. "I felt like I upheld my part of the deal against the Packers and starting would give me a chance to make a statement."
He has a big hole to fill.
Kendricks, the Eagles' second-round draft pick in 2012, has flourished in defensive coordinator Billy Davis' 3-4 scheme. He is second on the team in tackles with 68, behind fellow inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (89). Kendricks added to his total with tackles on Green Bay's first two offensive plays, but was helped off the field after bringing down Packers running back Eddie Lacy and did not return.
Davis described his status as day-to-day on Tuesday.
Goode, a fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay last year, made just one tackle, but deflected a pass and barely missed making an interception.
"We had two or three guys that had to step into a major role and Najee was one of them," Davis said. "We were very impressed with the way he played (against Green Bay) and I think taking more of the reps (in practice this week) will help and just continue his growth."
Two series after Kendricks was injured, Wolff was hurt while making a tackle against Lacy. In came Chung, who began the season as a starter, but has been bothered for much of the season by a sprained shoulder.
Chung, who signed as a free agent after four seasons in New England, was deactivated for four of five games during one stretch and played sparingly two weeks ago at Oakland.
Chung registered five tackles and one pass deflection against the Packers. He is expected to start against the Redskins, since Wolff is considered "week to week" by Davis.
"There was no time to shake off the rust or anything like that," Chung said. "You can't have rust out there. It has to be gone by the time you go from the sideline to the field. Then it's time to play ball."
Carmichael has the advantage of having already played one full game as a starter.
The third-year veteran replaced Fletcher against the Packers and collected four tackles and a pass defense. Fletcher may return against the Redskins, but if not, Davis has no problem using Carmichael again.
Davis opted to use Carmichael on the outside with Cary Williams and keep Brandon Boykin in the slot.
"I need Boykin to be a great nickel (cornerback)," Davis said. "And it lessens his ability to play the nickel if he's playing both inside and outside. And I think it worked out. Boykin had a great game as a nickel and I think Roc did a nice job outside at corner."
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