ARLINGTON, Texas – Wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, will miss his third consecutive game because of a high ankle sprain.
Agholor, who practiced with the team throughout the week, appeared ready to return for Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was one of the seven inactive players for the game, however.
Running back Ryan Mathews, who was limited in practice because of a groin injury, is active for the game. It was unclear all week how severe Mathews’ injury was.
Linebacker Kiko Alonso, who sprained his knee when the Eagles played the Cowboys on Sept. 20, is in uniform for the first time in six weeks. Alonso missed five games.
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is inactive. Ryans missed several practices with a hamstring injury. Mychal Kendricks and rookie Jordan Hicks were expected to start at inside linebacker, with Alonso coming off the bench.
The offensive line was shuffled because of the absence of Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Peters left the Carolina game two weeks ago with back spasms. He did not practice all week.
Lane Johnson, the Eagles’ starting right tackle for two-and-a-half seasons, will make his first start at left tackle. Dennis Kelly will start at right tackle, a position he hasn’t played since 2012, his rookie season. Kelly has played only at guard for the past three seasons.
With Josh Huff starting at Agholor’s wide receiver spot, the Eagles will have new starters at three spots on offense.