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Surprisingly, Vinny Curry Among Philadelphia Eagles Inactives Against Washington Redskins

Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports

It will be a familiar start to the regular season for Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Vinny Curry.

Curry, drafted by the Eagles in second round of the 2012 draft out of Marshall, was not activated until November 26 against the Carolina Panthers his rookie year.

As the season begins tonight against the Washington Redskins, Curry was surprisingly among the Eagles week one inactives.

The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Curry had impressed in training camp and drew rave reviews from teammates down the stretch last season finishing with nine tackles but generating pressure on the quarterback with great frequency.

One of Curry’s biggest strengths is his ability to create havoc in the backfield, which could be a crucial element of the Eagles’ game plan against the Redskins in Robert Griffin III‘s return to action from a torn ACL and LCL in his knee.

As a result the Eagles starting defensive line will be Isaac Sopoaga, Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton. Behind the top defensive line unit will be the likes of Benny Logan, Clifton Geathers, and Damion Square.

The Eagles’ other inactives are quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Shaun Prater, offensive tackle Matt Tobin, offensive tackle Dennis Kelly and tight end Emil Igwenagu.

There was no reason for the Eagles to activate Igwenagu because Brent Celek, James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz are all active and figure to play substantial roles on offense.

Earlier this week the team released cornerback Brandon Hughes which meant that going into tonight’s Monday Night Football season opener they needed six players to be inactive.

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