PHILADELPHIA — Eagles rookie defensive end Vinny Curry finally got a chance to play Monday night in a 30-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Curry, the Eagles’ second-round pick, made his NFL regular-season debut after being deactivated for the first 10 games.
The Eagles repeatedly explained that they had considerable depth at the position.
Curry, a Neptune, N.J., native, worked extremely hard in practices but spent all his time during games on the sidelines watching Jason Babin, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Phillip Hunt and Darryl Tapp chase quarterbacks.
“Vinny has been working hard,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said last week. “He’s been rushing the quarterback well and playing the run well (in practice). Mentally, he’s also come a long way and learned a lot of things. We’ll see what he can do.”
Curry, who was activated in place of Hunt, made his first career NFL tackle on the Panthers’ opening series.
Currey finished with five tackles, good for third on the team.
Cox draws double-teams
Rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has been drawing a lot of attention from opposing offenses lately.
Before he left Monday night’s game in the first half with a bruised tailbone, Cox was facing constant double-teams against the Panthers, something that’s been happening quite often during the second half of the season.
“He’s definitely seeing more double-teams than he was seeing earlier in the year,” Bowles said last week.
That hasn’t prevented him from putting up some solid statistics. Cox registered 10 tackles in last week’s loss at Washington, one short of his career high set against Atlanta on Oct. 28.
Cox also entered Monday’s game with a sack in two straight games.
Before the game, the 6-foot-4, 298-pounder led all Eagles defensive linemen with 50 tackles and rankedsecond on the team with three sacks.
“Getting double-teams is a sign of respect,” Cole said last week. “Fletcher’s been playing well and he’s one of the guys the other team tries to go after.
“Double-teams are very, very hard to deal with. The chances of beating one are slim, but it can be done. Sometimes it’s best to just hold it in one spot and let other guys make the plays. Some games you just have to sacrifice and take them.”
Cox left Monday’s game in the first half to get X-rays on his tailbone. The X-rays were negative, but he did not return to the game.
As expected both quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy were deactivated with concussions Monday.
Rookie quarterback Nick Foles started his second straight game. Rookie Bryce Brown and second-year running back Dion Lewis took over for McCoy.
Jake Scott started his second straight game at right guard after signing with the team 15 days ago. Rookie Dennis Kelly started his second straight game at right tackle after playing the previous three games at right guard.
Bumps and bruises
Cox (bruised tailbone) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (bruised sternum) both suffered injuries in the first half and did not return. X-rays taken on Jackson’s chest and collarbone were negative.
The Eagles head to Dallas next Sunday to take on the Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Cowboys won the first meeting of the season 38-23 on Oct. 11. Vick was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Foles replaced him and committed two turnovers that resulted in defensive touchdowns for the Cowboys.
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