Clipped From Tyrone Daily Herald
PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — The Philadelphia Eagles will start their fourth different offensive line combination in as many games Thursday against the Detroit Lions. Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan will test former right tackle Reggie Single tar y at right guard, Adam Schreiber at center, Ben Tamburello at left guard, Matt Darwin at left tackle and, if he can learn the Eagles' offense in two days, Ron Heller at right tackle. Philadelphia acquired Heller from Seattle Monday for a conditional 1989 draft pick, believed to be a middle-rounder. "He's gifted, he's tough and he's smart," Ryan said of Heller, who started 56 of 58 games in four seasons with Tampa Bay. The Eagles were interested in obtaining Heller last April, but Tampa Bay sent him instead to Seattle. The Eagles have lost right guard Ron Baker for at least the first six weeks of the season because of a severed tendon in his toe and center Gerry Feehery to a knee injury before training camp. Feehery has returned to practice, but is not at full strength, moving Ryan to start Schreiber. David Alexander, who took over at center when Feehery went down, was himself lost with a foot injury in the second exhibition game. Singletary and four-year veteran Ken Reeves had been sharing right tackle, but Ryan switched Singletary to guard and said Reeves has had an inconsistent preseason.