Philadelpha Eagles News: Latest News and Buzz from Eagles' Preseason Action

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles stands during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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There's plenty of buzz around the Philadelphia Eagles as the preseason slate rolls on and the team's final roster begins to take shape.

With the season a few weeks away from starting, the Eagles will use the preseason to solidify team chemistry with the starters and settle out positional battles and the team's final depth chart. Here's the latest news on everything going on with the Eagles' preseason.


Starters Will See Extended Playing Time vs. Patriots

Fans didn't see much of the Eagles' biggest stars in the first preseason game against the Steelers as head coach Andy Reid kept the starters' playing time light.

However, fans should get a heavy taste of starters in the second game on the schedule against the Patriots as he will look to rest them again against the Browns (the Eagles' Week 1 opponent in the regular season) and the Jets (the final preseason game).

According to Bo Wulf of, "Reid plans on playing the offensive and defensive starters into the third quarter and Michael Vick will play at least the first half."

Given the Patriots are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, the second preseason game will be the most definitive preview of what the Eagles will look like in the regular season.


Chris Polk Could Make the Team as a Fullback

The Eagles have a reputation around the league as an organization known for being innovative on offense, and the team may get a bit creative to keep running back Chris Polk on the roster.

Polk, a running back out of Washington, surprised many pundits when he went undrafted in this year's draft. Unfortunately for Polk, competition at running back has been fierce and the likelihood of him beating out Bryce Brown for the final spot is looking more and more doubtful.

However, offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg sees a scenario in which Polk is transitioned to the fullback position and could make the team. When asked about the possibility, Morhinweg told

"It certainly has been discussed and thought of... He is a physical player, isn’t he? I think Chris Polk is an excellent football player. I think he is an excellent ball carrier and think he could be an excellent blocker as well.

Polk never played fullback in college, but it is worth noting that he has the size (220 pounds) to make an intriguing option and would give the Eagles yet another athlete on their explosive offense.


Nnamdi Asomugha's Neck "Feels Fine"

Star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's injury doesn't appear to be serious, as Dave Zangaro of reports that Asomugha was able to participate in all of Friday's practice after only making it through part of Thursday's practice.

Asomugha assured the media that the neck won't be an issue going forward and that the laceration he suffered on his lip was the only remaining concern from the collision with Nate Allen that caused the injury. 

The news that Asomugha's injury isn't serious should be welcome news for Philly fans as he is one of the team's biggest stars on the defensive side of the ball.