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Injuries to Brandon Brooks, Fletcher Cox, Rasul Douglas undercut fast start by ...

NEW ORLEANS -- Injuries overshadowed an amazing start to Sunday’s divisional round playoff game for the Eagles.

All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, starting cornerback Rasul Douglas, and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks were out by the time the second quarter reached its midway point, though Cox and Douglas eventually made it back.

New Orleans eventually scored on the drive, Drew Brees hitting Keith Kirkwood, who was covered by Josh Hawkins, with Douglas out.

The Eagles continued to play without cornerback Sidney Jones and wide receiver Mike Wallace, both of whom were inactive even though their practice participation increased during the week.

Alexander was back in the lineup after missing three games with a hamstring injury, giving a boost to special teams.

Defensive end Michael Bennett (foot), tackle, Jason Peters (quadriceps), and wide receiver Shelton Gibson (hamstring) all played even though they were listed as questionable.

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