Among those players are starting wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Maclin is dealing with a hamstring injury that he tweaked in training camp practice on Wednesday against the Patriots. Cooper is dealing with a foot issue but he expects to practice as soon as Sunday, August 17th and hopes to play in the Eagles third preseason game next week.
With Maclin and Cooper out against the Patriots, the Eagles starting wide receivers will be Arrelious Benn, Ifeanyi Momah, and Brad Smith.
The following Eagles players have been ruled out and will not play against the Patriots:
Wide receiver Riley Cooper (foot)
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hamstring)
Cornerback Nolan Carroll II (groin/hamstring)
Running back Chris Polk (hamstring)
Running back Matthew Tucker (hamstring)
Running back David Fluellen (calf)
Inside linebacker Jake Knott (hamstring)
Cornerback Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
Center Julian Vandervelde (back)
There's no indication that these injuries are serious but they're obviously serious enough to prevent these players from playing.
With the Eagles missing bodies at running back, the only healthy players are: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Henry Josey. Expect Josey to handle carries in relief action. The Eagles also might chose to use wide receiver Damaris Johnson on running attempts in relief action as well.
It's worth noting that the Eagles have a few players returning from injury who sat out of last week's game against the Chicago Bears. Those names include starting nose tackle Bennie Logan (hamstring) and wide receiver Jeff Maehl (ankle).
All healthy Eagles players are expected to play. Note that the starters are expected to play during the first half.