Eagles Notes: Injuries continue to mount for Eagles

Eagles cornerback Cary Williams returns an interception for a TD in the first quarter.          YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles cornerback Cary Williams returns an interception for a TD in the first quarter.          YONG KIM / Staff Photographer (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cary Williams' first time in New England with the Eagles ended with an interception off Tom Brady that he returned 77 yards for a touchdown. It occurred on the 10th play of the game, which became Williams' last. He left the game with a hamstring injury.

It's unknown whether he injured the hamstring on the return or on the celebration, which must have been sweet for the brazen cornerback who is wont to voice his dislike for the Patriots.

Williams' interception was a positive, but the injury further crippled a team that is hamstrung by hamstring injuries. Williams became the seventh player missing from Friday's game with a hamstring injury, and the third cornerback sidelined.

Wide receiver Josh Huff also left the game early with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Brandon Boykin was helped off the field, although his subsequent absence was unrelated to an injury.

The Eagles were already down two starters on Friday with Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) both out of the game.

Seven other players missed Friday's game: cornerback Nolan Carroll (hamstring), running back Chris Polk (hamstring), running back Matthew Tucker (hamstring), cornerback Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring), running back David Fluellen (calf), and center Julian Vandervelde (back).

Cooper, Carroll, Polk, Knott, and Vandervelde all missed their second preseason game. Nose tackle Bennie Logan and Jeff Maehl both returned to action after sitting the preseason opener.

Eagles in black

The Eagles wore black jerseys on Friday night. They will wear black or white jerseys through the early portion of the schedule. The midnight green jerseys are not yet available while the team upgrades to Nike Elite 51 fabrication. Those jerseys are body-contoured and are meant to amplify speed, according to the Eagles.

Midnight green is a custom color and requires extra time to produce, the team said. The black jerseys are considered alternates.

Extra points

Alejandro Villanueva recorded a fourth-quarter sack. The transition to defensive line has not been completely smooth for the former Army Ranger, but the sack will help his game film. . . .With three running backs missing, the Eagles relied on rookie Henry Josey in the second half. Josey caught a 27-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Wide receiver Damaris Johnson also took snaps at running back. . . .The NFL experimented with an eighth official in Friday's game. It was also the debut of Maia Chaka, who was one of two female officials in the NFL this week.

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