Eagles Notes: Tight end Casey leaves game with injury

Posted: August 31, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eagles tight end James Casey left Thursday's 27-20 loss to the New York Jets in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.

It concluded a disappointing preseason the free-agent acquisition from the Houston Texans. Casey finished the preseason with two catches for 10 yards, and was not used as the versatile threat envisioned when he signed a three-year, $12 million contract.

Casey said this week that he can play better, and it's likely coach Chip Kelly has plans for him that go beyond what he revealed this month.

But Casey must first get healthy. He missed most of the spring with arthroscopic knee surgery, and now has a hamstring injury. The severity was unknown.

Lindley sprains ankle

Trevard Lindley left in the third quarter with a sprained ankle, leaving the Eagles with only two cornerbacks: Brandon Boykin and Jordan Poyer. Starters Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher did not play, and Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes are out with broken hands.

Boykin and Poyer started the game. Boykin, who is a regular contributor, needed to play because the Eagles lacked healthy options. Safety Kurt Coleman needed to bounce outside to play cornerback.

Defensive standouts

Two reserve defensive players who stood out were inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho and outside linebacker Chris McCoy.

Acho, whom the Eagles acquired from the Cleveland Browns for Dion Lewis, had eight first-half tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He's competing with Casey Matthews and Jake Knott for startingi inside-linebacker spots. Knott and Matthews started, but Acho rotated into the top unit.

McCoy is a former Canadian Football League player who is competing with Everette Brown and Travis Long for the fourth outside-linebacker spot. He was a disruptive force around the edge, recording two first-half sacks and forcing a fumble.

Injury settlement

The Eagles reached an injury settlement with cornerback Eddie Whitley, who had reverted to injured reserve after he was waived/injured Sunday. Whitley, who spent part of last season with the Eagles' practice squad, injured his knee in last week's preseason game.

Whitley had a chance to make the team before the injury. He's now free to sign with any team.

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