Mike Wallace, the three-time 1,000-yard receiver who was one of the Eagles’ more notable offseason acquisitions, was activated off injured reserve Monday afternoon.
Wallace had been on IR since Week 2, when he broke his ankle in the Eagles’ loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa.
Wallace told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro three weeks ago that he felt like he was close to being able to return.
Wallace was a Pro Bowler with the Steelers back in 2011 and was still a 1,000-yard receiver as recently as 2016 with the Ravens. But he never got untracked in the two games he played this year, failing to catch a pass against the Falcons despite 66 snaps and then getting hurt after just seven snaps in Tampa.
The Eagles also made these moves:
• Promoted cornerback Josh Hawkins from the practice squad to the 53-man roster
• Released cornerback Chandon Sullivan
• Released cornerback De’Vante Bausby
Wallace becomes the sixth wide receiver on the active roster, joining Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, Golden Tate and Shelton Gibson.
Head coach Doug Pederson said earlier Monday that he expected Wallace to return to practice Wednesday, but he could have practiced without being activated. It will be interesting to see if he plays Sunday in Washington.
“I will tell that you Mike will entertain some more individual reps, Wednesday, Thursday, and see where he's at moving forward,” Pederson said.
Wallace, 32, has 538 career receptions for 8,072 yards and 57 touchdowns with the Steelers, Dolphins, Vikings and Ravens. His 15.0 career average is among the top 20 among active players in the NFL.
Hawkins just signed to the Eagles’ practice squad on Dec. 11. He began his career as an undrafted free agent with the Packers in 2016, when he played in 11 games, mainly on special teams.
He played a lot on defense in 2017, getting 403 reps, including three starts. He played in five games with the Panthers this year, almost exclusively on special teams.
Hawkins, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, played collegiately at East Carolina. He becomes the 10th cornerback to spend time on the Eagles’ roster this year.
Began the season on the Eagles’ practice squad and was activated to the 53-man roster before the Jacksonville game in London. He played in five games, with 87 reps on defense and 53 on special teams. He started in the second Giants game and got 42 snaps.
Began the season with the Bears, spent a week on the practice squad, then played in the last six games, with 146 snaps on defense and 43 on special teams. Most of his snaps came in the first Giants game (60) and the second Dallas game (61).
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