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August 8, 2013

Allen Barbre to start tonight for Philadelphia Eagles

Allen Barbre will start at left tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener tonight against the New England Patriots.

Barbre (6-foot-4, 310 pounds), who played for East Newton High School and Missouri Southern, signed with the Eagles on Jan. 15 as a free agent.

He has taken advantage of several injuries to move into the starting role. Eagles offensive linemen Evan Mathis, Jason Peters, Dennis Kelly and Ed Wang all have been hindered by injuries during preseason practices.

“When you’re number’s called, you’ve got to be able to perform, step up and try to help the team out as best as you can,” Barbre said in a story on the Eagles’ team website.

Barbre was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played in 25 games for the Packers from 2007-2009, starting seven games during the 2009 season.

He also has been with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.

Barbre, who has played in 32 career NFL games, is trying to make the most out of his opportunity with Philadelphia.

“I was pretty open,” Barbre said of his expectations coming to the Eagles. “I wouldn’t say what my opportunity was, just coming in and working hard to see where it got me. That’s kind of the way I’ve approached the whole thing. It’s kind of paid off for me, so just keep working hard. I’m not going to lose focus.”

Barbre, a four-year starter for Missouri Southern, was an All-American in 2006. On the Eagles’ website, Barbre lists former East Newton coach Larry Bunn as the biggest influence on his life and career.

“Coach Bunn saw something in me and made sure I was headed in the right direction,” Barbre said. “He got to me at a young age and made sure I was doing the right things.”

Tonight’s game, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will be televised by NFL Network. Barbre wears No. 76 for Philadelphia.

“(It’s) an opportunity to prove myself,” Barbre said. “An opportunity to compete.”

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