Eagles Place Three on IR
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Sunday’s loss to Washington proved costly in more ways than one for the Philadelphia Eagles, who ended the seasons of three players injured against the Redskins.
The Eagles officially placed long snapper Jon Dorenbos (wrist surgery), as well as rookie running back Wendell Smallwood (knee) and offensive lineman Matt Tobin (knee) on injured reserve Monday night.
The organization quickly filled two of those roster spots by signing veteran cornerback Dwayne Gratz as well as new long snapper Rick Lovato, who has experience with Chicago, Green Bay and Washington after entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion in 2015.
Both Gratz (Piscataway) and Lovato (Neptune) are New Jersey natives and Gratz went to the same high school as Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins (Piscataway High School).
Smallwood, meanwhile, finishes his rookie season with 77 rushes for 312 yards (4.1 per attempt) and two touchdowns.
Practice squad running back Byron Marshall may be a logical choice for the final roster spot later in the week especially if Darren Sproles remains in the concussion protocol.
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