PHILADELPHIA ( — The Eagles signed a safety Wednesday but it wasn't Johnathan Cyprien.

Instead Philadelphia brought in Trae Elston, waiving linebacker and special-teams player B.J. Bello to make room on the 90-man roster.

The Eagles have a numbers crunch at the position with Malcolm Jenkins missing voluntary work and Rodney McLeod still working his way back from a torn ACL that cut short his 2018 season. McLeod got back to individual work and some group install earlier this week but is still not ready for team drills.

Throughout on-field OTAs free-agent pickup Andrew Sendejo and Tre Sullivan have been handling first-team reps with Blake Countess, Deiondre' Hall and Godwin Igwebuike mixing in from there.

Cyprien, a former starter in Jacksonville and Tennessee who is coming off his own torn ACL, worked out for the Eagles on Tuesday.

There is some familiarity with Elston, who was with the Eagles for about 10 days in Sept. of 2017 when he was picked up off waivers from Buffalo.


-Working on a side field with director of rehab Shireen Mansoori was CB Ronald Darby, RB Corey Clement and WR Mack Hollins.

-As the New York Jets continue to mull over their vacant GM job, Joe Douglas, the perceived frontrunner was in the building and came out to watch practice.

-DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor were not at practice today and Alshon Jeffery has skipped all of voluntary work so the Eagles offense went with plenty of 12 and 13 personnel groupings today.

-On defense, Jim Schwartz countered with a lot of big nickel with Deiondre' Hall joining Andrew Sendejo and Tre Sullivan, who have gotten first-team reps in place of Malcolm Jenkins and the rehabbing Rodney McLeod.

-In team drills, during red-zone work, Nate Sudfeld threw three different TDs to Richard Rodgers, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and a RB that I didn't quite see. Sudfeld has developed quite a rapport with Rodgers on the second-team.

-It wasn't Carson Wentz's sharpest day as he was a tod off with accuracy but Clayton Thorson really struggled, often forcing the ball into coverage. Practice ended with a bad Thorson throw to Will Tye in the end zone hat Sidney Jones easily picked off. Jones dropped another would-be INT from Thorson as did L.J. Fort.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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