Eagles add DT Linval Joseph to their defense
The Eagles added some beef to their defensive line on Wednesday.
The team signed veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who will join the team with DT Marlon Tuipulotu being placed on injured reserved.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted early Wednesday afternoon.
The team confirmed the move in a social media post.
"We had an opportunity to add a good player that we played against last year and who made things very difficult for us last year in that Chargers game," said Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni on Wednesday. "There are a lot of guys here that have had opportunities to be around him."
Joseph, 34, is a two-time Pro Bowler (2016, 2017) who spent time with three different teams, including the Giants, Vikings and Chargers. He was a second-round pick in 2010 out of East Carolina.
"We think he's still a heck of a football player and he's going to be able to help us," added Sirianni.
The Eagles have a need for the 6-foot-4, 329-pound Joseph with Jordan Davis and now Tuipulotu on the injured reserve for at least a few more weeks.
"He is exactly what they need to replace Jordan Davis in the short term, if he can play," said John McMullen of Birds 365 on the Sports Bash.
Tuipulotu went down with a knee injury during the game and played in some pain.
"He played through a lot of the pain that he was having, and obviously he toughed that out, which is awesome, because he has to be out, right? So, he played through it. I don't really know exactly when it happened in the game, what exactly happened to be quite honest with you -- pardon me, I don't know the exact moment in it, but knowing that he did it, but he kept going. Which is pretty impressive from him on his part," explained Sirianni.
The Eagles defensive front can use all the help it can get, especially in the middle on the line. Even though the Eagles are 8-1 on the season, there run defense has had its issues, especially since Davis has been out.
Joseph is more of a run-stuffing DT, though he has 25 sacks since being drafted back in 2010. He signed a two-year deal with the Chargers before the 2020 season. If he gets promoted to Philadelphia's active roster for Sunday game against the Colts, his presence could help in the run game that will face Jonathan Taylor.
"We'll get him here as soon as we possibly can to get him up to speed, and hopefully he gets to play on Sunday," Sirianni said.