Frustrated Trotter Could Finally See Action

Jeremiah Trotter could be back in the Eagles' starting lineup Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

(PHILADELPHIA) -- Jeremiah Trotter could be back in the Eagles' starting lineup Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Trotter was the club's starting middle linebacker from 1999 to 2001 before signing with the Washington Redskins. He re-signed with the Eagles in June after the Redskins released him.

Since rejoining the Eagles, Trotter has been backing up starting middle linebacker Mark Simoneau and has been used strictly on special teams and in goal line situations.

But Simoneau sprained his foot in Sunday's 30-8 win over the Carolina Panthers and probably will be listed as questionable for the Browns game. Simoneau had X-rays and an MRI on the foot Monday. According to head coach Andy Reid, neither examination showed anything seriously wrong with the foot, such as a ligament tear or a stress fracture.

Reid said Simoneau probably won't practice on Wednesday. A determination on his status for Sunday's game won't be made until later in the week.

Simoneau injured the foot in the second quarter Sunday. He left the game for five plays and was replaced by Trotter, but he returned on the next series and played the rest of the game.

Trotter, a two-time Pro Bowler, has been one of the Eagles' top special-teams players, but he clearly is frustrated over not getting more playing time. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson indicated last week that as long as Simoneau remained healthy, Trotter's role probably wouldn't change.

"Our objective is to get the best players on the field, and we have our starting (middle) linebacker right there," he said of Simoneau. "If Mark goes down or gets nicked up, Jeremiah will be ready to play. We use him in goal-line stuff, and every once in awhile I'll throw him in on short yardage. But Mark right now is our starting middle linebacker, and Ike (Reese) is our starting middle linebacker in nickel.

"It's nice to have that depth and security. In case one of those guys goes down, Jeremiah is ready to go."

Trotter is only 27. But he is two years removed from a torn ACL and wasn't the same player with the Redskins that he was with the Eagles.

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