GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Philadelphia Eagles relied on a makeshift offensive line to try to protect quarterback Michael Vick against Arizona on Sunday.
The group came up woefully short. Vick endured a lot of punishment during a 27-6 loss to Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Vick suffered five sacks and was hit at least 13 other times by linebacker Daryl Washington and the rest of Cardinals' defense.
"A lot of that is our fault," Eagles center Dallas Reynolds said. "Our job is to keep (Vick) clean and we didn't do that. It's disappointing. We're going to improve and I'm going to improve."
Reynolds made his first career NFL start Sunday. The former member of the Eagles' practice squad was replacing center Jason Kelce, who will miss the rest of the season after tearing two ligaments in his right knee a week ago.
The line also featured a new starting left tackle. Demetress Bell was in the lineup in place of King Dunlap, who missed Sunday's game with a strained hamstring.
Bell did not play well against the Cardinals. He was called for two penalties and was one of the reasons Vick was hit so much.
"That was a very good defense," Bell said. "They had a lot of talent and a very good scheme. I'm not sure (what caused the sacks). We'll have to see when we watch the tape."
Vick also was to blame for some of the hits.
There were times when the offensive line provided excellent protection, but Vick simply held onto the ball too long.
"I've got to help him with certain things," coach Andy Reid said. "We have to make sure we have the right protection calls and he has to make sure he sees them. It is a combination of things here."
On the receiving end
Rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson got a lot of playing time in place of Jeremy Maclin, who missed the game with a strained hip flexor.
Johnson, a rookie who was undrafted, led the Eagles with five receptions for 84 yards.
He committed a big mistake on special teams, however. His fumble on a punt return set the stage for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb's 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Floyd that gave the Cards a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
"I gave the Cardinals momentum by giving a touchdown and I had to fight back," Johnson said. "After it happened, I just told myself not to let it affect me for the rest of the game and I don't think it did. I think I made a lot of plays after that."
By the numbers
Vick's 217 passing yards Sunday increased his total to 7,912 while with the Eagles. He moved past Roman Gabriel and into ninth on the team's all-time list ... At 29 years, 33 days old, Cards wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history with 700 career receptions. ... Punter Chas Henry's 62-yard effort gave him three punts of 60 yards or more this season.
Bumps and bruises
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox left the game in the first half with a migraine headache but returned to action.
The Eagles (2-1) return to Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday night to host the New York Giants (2-1). The teams split their season series in 2011. The Eagles had a 5-1 record against division opponents, but the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins will have his number 20 retired while being honored at halftime.
Contact David Weinberg: