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Eagles to be without Bennie Logan against Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

PHILADELPHIA -- Defensive tackle Bennie Logan will miss his second straight game with a left groin injury, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced Friday.

Logan has been one of the team's best run defenders this season, but will be unavailable this Sunday night when the Eagles take on Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.

"It's huge. It's big any time you lose a great player like Bennie for a couple weeks," Pederson said. "But I've always been under the sort of next-man-up mentality, and that's where we're at."

Beau Allen replaced Logan in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Vikings and held up well. The Eagles brought in reinforcements this week by signing Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday during practice but is expected to be available this Sunday.

This week presents a unique challenge. The Cowboys lead the league in rushing yards per game (161) and boast the NFL's most productive back in Elliott. The rookie out of Ohio State is averaging 117 yards per outing and has found the end zone five times in six games.

"He can run outside, he can run inside. He's a one-cut runner. He fits their offense really well," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. "There are some guys that you say, ‘OK, we take their inside away and they can't go outside.’ Other guys, you say, ‘Hey, if you make them run inside the darkness, they are not going to be as effective.’ Their scheme gives him the ability to make the cut as he sees it. So it turns into, it's not just a single man. Everybody on defense has to do the job; if one guy is out of place or one guy misses a tackle, he can make a big play."

Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) will also miss the Cowboys game. Cornerback Ron Brooks is out for the remainder of the season after tearing a quad tendon. Pederson said that he had successful surgery this week and is in good spirits.