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PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – For the first time ever the Philadelphia Eagles are starting the preseason as the Super Bowl champions! The Birds take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field for their first preseason game of the season.
The Eagles held their final walk-through Wednesday before the game at the Linc.
Coach Doug Pederson hasn’t revealed how long key players will be on the field. However, Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks says the offensive playbook will be pretty “basic.”
“It’s going to be pretty vanilla,” said Brooks. “We’re going to go out there and really work on fundamentals and techniques.”
It’s not known yet if Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will play in the game after missing practice this week due to muscle spasms near his shoulder and neck. Carson Wentz still isn’t participating in 11-on-11 drills for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Foles’ injury isn’t considered serious, but it could keep him out of the game. Wentz is coming back from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee.
Third-stringer Nate Sudfeld will likely get most of the snaps against the Steelers with No. 4 quarterback Joe Callahan also seeing action.
Pederson hasn’t determined if Wentz will play at all in the preseason. He still hasn’t been cleared for contact.
The Eagles open their regular season against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6.
(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)