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Redmond, Poole, Kingsbury all sit

PHILADELPHIA -- There are cuts looming between now and Tuesday -- 16 players must go -- and last night's game might have provided some clues on the fate of a couple of Patriots.

For one thing, running back J.R. Redmond never got on the field. Some thought Redmond would have a chance to compete for a spot, but it didn't happen last night.

"I did not know if I was going to play tonight because it was my first week of practicing," said Redmond. "There are guys who have been practicing the whole training camp and I have not had a lot of reps. I have to keep practicing hard and prove that I can get out there and make it happen. I feel good, and evntually I will be able to get back into the mix."

The Patriots went with Frank Moreau and Patrick Pass to back up Kevin Faulk and Antowain Smith.

Also staying on the sideline was fourth-string quarterback Kliff Kingsbury. The Patriots might not carry a fourth quarterback after all.

Veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole also didn't see action. Coach Bill Belichick said the coaches worked him out before the game but he still had tightness in his leg. Starting opposite Ty Law was rookie Asante Samuel, who got the nod over Eugene Wilson.

Up for grabs Adrian Klemm and Tom Ashworth are duking it out for the chance to start at right tackle, with Kenyatta Jones still unable to practice following offseason knee surgery. The Patriots will monitor this situation closely, and likely decide very soon whether to take a chance on 35-year-old James "Big Cat" Williams, who tried out last week. Williams is also coming off knee surgery and didn't play well for the Bears last season . . . With Damien Woody (bruised ankle) out, Dan Koppen got the start at center, but he went out early with a sore arm. Belichick said Woody is coming along and might play Wednesday vs. the Bears . . . Rookie receiver Bethel Johnson and second-year receiver David Givens both sat out with leg injuries . . . No. 1 pick Ty Warren saw some duty at left defensive end with the first unit for the first time.

Area of concern The Patriots did a classy thing when they gathered around injured James Thrash when the Eagle receiver was carted off with head and neck injuries. X-rays were negative but he's scheduled to have an MRI today. "I like to play hard and win, but when it comes to someone getting hurt like that, the game doesn't mean that much," said Law, who seemed shaken by Thrash's injury. Belichick checked with Eagles coach Andy Reid after the game and Reid told Belichick that Thrash should be fine . . . There's a little bit of Fenway Park in Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles' new stadium that opened to football last night. It is the brainchild of Newton, Mass., natives Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Eagles, and Joe Banner, the team president. "Jeff and I grew up going to Red Sox games at Fenway and we always loved the cozy atmosphere," said Banner. "We really wanted to create that type of atmosphere for our fans." The stadium is closed on both end zones but there are corner offshoots to the parking lots. The more enclosed nature of the stadium and a deck above the upper deck that is designed to keep the noise in the stadium should give the Eagles a true home-field advantage with their rabid fans. "It's ironic that we attended the opening of Gillette Stadium last season, and what a great stadium that is," said Lurie. "The Krafts deserve a lot of credit for making that happen. Both franchises had really struggled with their facilities to create a national presence. I think now both have done that." Lurie said he's most proud of the amenities for the average fan, things such as high-definition TVs everywhere around the stadium, two huge scoreboards at either end, and escalators to take customers to the upper deck.

Looking in Buffalo Bills president Tom Donahoe was at the game, scouting the Patriots. Donahoe is excited about the Bills team he has put together. "In time, I think our defense will be much improved," said Donahoe. He also believes he's built a team that can take some of the burden off Drew Bledsoe. As for Willis McGahee, Donahoe said, "He'll start the year inactive and then I think after Week 6, if things are going well, he'll be in uniform if everything has progresses according to plan."

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