Philadelphia Eagles shuffle practice squad, add corner with NFL experience
The Eagles signed cornerback De’Vante Bausby to their practice squad Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
The Philadelphia Eagles shook up their practice squad with several moves Tuesday.
In the morning, the Birds released cornerback C.J. Smith from their practice squad and signed offensive tackle Victor Salako. Then, later in the day, Philly dropped wide receiver Greg Ward from the practice squad to make room for a different cornerback, De’Vante Bausby.
It’s unclear whether Salako or Bausby are strong candidates to earn promotions to the active roster, but they play positions at which the Eagles need depth. Cornerback Ronald Darby suffered a dislocated ankle in a win over Washington Sunday, while left tackle Jason Peters battled a groin injury throughout the game.
Salako spent time this spring and summer with the Eagles, so Bausby is the lone new face.
A former Pittsburg State standout, Bausby went undrafted in 2015 before he wound up playing in four games and making 12 total tackles for the Bears last season. Smith earned praise from coaches at times during training camp and spent the final 10 weeks of the 2016 season on the Birds’ roster, but it seems the team is replacing his presence in the building with Bausby’s.
Behind Darby, the Eagles have four healthy cornerbacks on the 53-man roster, and one more injury could force them to sign an extra player at the position. The Birds can get Bausby acclimated to its defense during his time on the practice squad, which would give the team an extra option in case it does need to make a move at corner.
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