PHILADELPHIA — Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell's interception of Flacco's pass late in the first quarter not only cost them Hurst, but running back Lorenzo Taliaferro as well. Taliaferro ended up underneath Maxwell and Hurst on the sideline tackle, and got up slowly after the play.
The team said Taliaferro was being evaluated in the locker room for a knee injury. He did not return to the game.
Before the injury, the second-year running back carried the ball four times for 8 yards, including a fourth-down conversion on the game's opening drive. He was the primary rusher on the second drive of the game, carrying twice for 5 yards on that series before the injury.
Taliaferro is locked in a battle with rookie Buck Allen for snaps behind starter Justin Forsett.
Gone are the days when Forsett, who ran for more than 1,200 yards last season, needs every preseason carry available to him to make his team's Week 1 roster. Now Forsett uses his limited time on the field to "knock the rust off" while resting for the regular season.
"For seven years now, I've been playing every quarter, basically, in the preseason," Forsett said last week. "It's been nice to be able to go in and get some work in and be able to let other guys get some work in, too."
Forsett went on a 14-yard run on the opening play of the game, the first of three runs behind Yanda and Hurst, who created big running lanes. Forsett carried the ball five times for 29 yards, plus had one catch for 4 yards before giving way to Taliaferro and Allen.
Rookie wide receiver DeAndre Carter muffed his second kick return in two games late in the first half, and didn't get another opportunity. Carter had taken over for cornerback Asa Jackson, and was replaced by wide receiver Tom Nelson as the kick returner. … First-round draft pick Breshad Perriman was on the field several hours before the game with tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), catching passes from quarterback Bryn Renner. Perriman didn't do more than walk, but caught several passes. ... Maia Chaka, a female college football official trying out for the NFL, was a member of the officiating crew Saturday night.