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Eagles fiddle with offensive line reserves too

Matt Tennant , Tom Johnson

New Orleans Saints center Matt Tennant (65) runs through drills against defensive tackle Tom Johnson, right, during NFL football training camp in Metairie, La., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


The Eagles are reportedly moving King Dunlap back into the starting lineup at left tackle this week.

Should that come to pass, it won’t be the only change on the offensive line in Philadelphia. The team announced Tuesday that they have signed guard/center Matt Tennant and released Steve Vallos, who was filling a backup role on the interior of the offensive line this season.

Tennant was a fifth-round pick by the Saints in the 2010 draft and spent the last two years in New Orleans before getting cut at the end of the preseason. He landed with the Patriots, but has not seen any game action with the team this year. Vallos started eight games with the Seahawks in 2008 and 2009, but he’s strictly been a backup in the last three seasons. He was cut by Philly this summer, but resurfaced after the season-ending injury to original starting center Jason Kelce.

Dallas Reynolds hasn’t blown anyone away with his work in Kelce’s place, so Tennant could wind up getting a chance if the Eagles decide on further shuffling of the line down the road.