The Eagles will be a bit lighter in the secondary during their Week 2 matchup against the San Diego Chargers. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher has been ruled out of Sunday's game after missing a whole week of practice with a concussion. He was injured in a collision with linebacker DeMeco Ryans during the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Redskins.
With Fletcher out of action, nickelback Brandon Boykin will move to the outside and start against the Chargers. The second-year player had a great game against Washington and collected the first interception of his NFL career during the NFC East clash. Boykin had been practicing on the outside all of training camp and the preseason, so he has experience in that area.
Newly-re-signed cornerback Brandon Hughes will also see plenty of playing time in relief of Fletcher. He is recovering from a broken hand, but was a full participant in practice throughout the week. Hughes is the longest-tenured Eagles cornerback and has had plenty of experience playing in the slot and on the outside. Boykin may start the game on the outside but move inside in nickel, which would allow Hughes to play cornerback opposite Cary Williams. The Eagles also have cornerbacks Shaun Prater and rookie Jordan Poyer on the roster.
In other Eagles injury news, offensive tackle Dennis Kelly has been ruled out as well for the Week 2 matchup against the Chargers. He was a limited participant in practice this week and expects to be back on the field in the next few weeks.
The Eagles will host the Chargers at 1 p.m. ET on CBS with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf calling the action.
Update: Chargers' linebacker and internet-dating enthusiast Manti Te'o will miss Sunday's game as well.