Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced on Saturday that four players have already been ruled out for Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots. Mike Kafka, Riley Cooper, Jason Babin, and Casey Matthews will not be active for Philadelphia's second preseason game, via @EaglesInsider.
Kafka was not expected to play after injuring his hand last week. It provides another opening for rookie Nick Foles to take control of the back-up quarterback position behind Michael Vick. Foles was impressive in the Eagles first preseason game, throwing two long touchdown passes against the Steelers second and third-team secondary.
Babin has been hobbled by a calf injury since the start of camp, while Cooper broke his collarbone in the first week of practice.
Andy Reid said that overall, he's just looking for sharpness from his team.
"You want to sharpen yourself up from the last game is what you want to do," said Reid. "We understand we're still in the preseason, but you want to play good football and we have an opportunity to play a good football team. So, I think if you talk to both coaches, we'd probably tell you the same thing; that we want to play better than we did last week and improve and, at the same time, get the young guys in and that second group in for the latter part of the game."
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