Eagles Bolster DT Depth
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The attrition at defensive tackle became too much for the Eagles Monday and the team looked to the practice squads of other clubs for reinforcements, bringing back 350-pound run stuffer Anthon Rush off the Oakland PS and signing Albert Huggins off Houston's PS.
The spot next to Fletcher Cox on the interior of the defensive line has been a revolving door due to injury, starting in Week 1 when Malik Jackson went down with a season-ending foot injury. From there Tim Jernigan was sidelined with a broken bone in his foot and Hassan Ridgeway was the latest to visit the MASH unit, hurting his knee and ankle in the embarrassing loss to Dallas on Sunday night.
Akeem Spence was forced into action for major reps against the Cowboys and just didn't produce enough sending Philadelphia off to find the best available options.
Rush, a big run-stuffer from UAB, was with the Eagles over the summer before landing in Oakland while Huggins, a Clemson product, is more of a versatile end/tackle type.
To make room on the roster the Eagles released Spence and cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who was brought back in for the Week 5 game against the New York Jets after being cut at the end of training camp. Scandrick was the starting slot corner against his former team in Dallas.
Doug Pederson said Monday that none of the Eagles injured players like Jernigan and slot CB Avonte Maddox (neck/concussion) were expected to practice on Wednesday but the moving on from Scandrick could mean Maddox is getting closer. Another slot option is Cre'Von LeBlanc, who could be activated off injured reserve after the Week 8 game in Buffalo.
Ronald Darby, who dressed against the Cowboys but only in case of emergency, is also getting closer to returning from a hamstring issue while the embattled Sidney Jones and Craig James could also figure into some slot work if necessary.
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