McLeod to IR, DeAndre Carter up for the Titans
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles officially moved safety Rodney McLeod to injured reserve on Saturday and the corresponding roster move was a short-term one with Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans in mind.
Instead of promoting safety Tre Sullivan from the practice squad the Eagles brought up receiver DeAndre Carter to help the special-teams units and perhaps stretch the field a bit with Alshon Jeffery still questionable with an illness.
The second part of the equation is that Darren Sproles has already been ruled out for a third consecutive game with a hamstring injury and Corey Clement struggled to corral punts in the rain against Indianapolis last week. Coach Doug Pederson, though, did defend Clement earlier in the week.
"Have you tried catching a punt in the rain?" Pederson said. "Corey is a great player and he does a lot for us. If we get Sproles back obviously, it's Sproles' role but yeah, if Corey is the guy, we just keep working with Corey."
If Jeffery can't go Carter joins a wounded receiving corps headlined by Nelson Agholor and the recently returning Jordan Matthews, who is in line for a bit of a homecoming this week. Matthews lives in Nashville after attending Vanderbilt University in the city.
As for the plan to replace McLeod that falls on the shoulders of 33-year-old veteran Corey Graham, who replaced McLeod last week after he went down when his knee crashed into Jalen Mills' helmet as the two were attempting to make a tackle against Indy running back Nyheim Hines.
You could also see an increased role for Rasul Douglas and more moving parts between him and fellow cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Mills.
McLeod underwent surgery earlier this week and while the Eagles have not officially ruled him out for the season an NFL source told 973espn.com that is likely the case.
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