Philadelphia Eagles cut a CB, offer Jordan Hicks injury update and make other roster moves
The Eagles announced they cut cornerback Dwayne Gratz on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
On the eve of their first training camp practice, the Philadelphia Eagles made several roster moves and offered updates on injured players.
Perhaps the most notable bit of news to trickle out Sunday afternoon is this: The Eagles cut fifth-year cornerback Dwayne Gratz, who signed with the Birds late last season in hopes of resurrecting his career by earning a roster spot in Philly’s thin secondary.
The Eagles also announced they placed defensive tackle Beau Allen and rookie cornerback Sidney Jones on the active/non-football injury (NFI) list. The players are eligible for the list because their injuries did not occur during team-sanctioned activities — Allen hurt his pectoral muscle working out in the offseason, while Jones tore his Achilles tendon at Washington’s Pro Day in March.
Both are eligible to return to the field this season but will not be in action when training camp opens this week. Teams can withhold pay from players on NFI, which makes it different than the commonly used physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
In addition, coach Doug Pederson provided updates Sunday on two other injured players. He told the team’s website that third-year middle linebacker Jordan Hicks suffered a hand injury during his honeymoon this summer but is unlikely to miss any practices.
“He injured his hand and he needed a minor procedure to fix that. He shouldn’t miss any time,” Pederson said. “We’re going to keep on top of it and take it day by day with him. We may limit him a little bit, but he should be out there every day.”
Meanwhile, running back Ryan Mathews won’t be in Philadelphia for the start of training camp, Pederson told the website. Mathews is recovering from neck surgery, and while the Eagles are expected to cut the bruising ball-carrier, they would suffer a financial drawback from doing so before Mathews passes a physical.
For now, Mathews is on the roster but away from the team.
“Our main focus with him is just making sure he’s healthy,” Pederson said.
And lastly, the Eagles announced Sunday they officially signed quarterback Dane Evans, an undrafted free agent from Tulsa who will slide in as the fourth signal-caller on the depth chart. The team made public the addition of Evans earlier this summer, but the quarterback hadn’t put pen to paper until arriving in Philadelphia this weekend.
The personnel moves leave the Eagles with 89 players and one open roster spot entering Monday, when they’ll hold their first training camp practice with rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans. The full team will hit the field for the first time Thursday.
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