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Eagles add a rookie linebacker

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The Eagles signed rookie linebacker Joe Bachie off the Saints’ practice squad Monday.

Bachie, 22, played at Michigan State, where he was a team captain and three-year starter.  

Bachie, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, went undrafted in this year’s draft. The Saints signed him in April, released him in September as part of their final roster cutdown, then re-signed him to the practice squad.

The Eagles, who face the Saints Sunday at the Linc, are light at linebacker after starter T.J. Edwards and rookie Davion Taylor both got hurt Sunday in Green Bay. Doug Pederson said he’s optimistic Edwards will be able to play against the Saints but said Taylor’s injury is significant.

With Nate Gerry on Injured Reserve since October and Edwards and Taylor both banged up, the only healthy linebackers on the roster right now are Alex Singleton, Duke Riley and rookie Shaun Bradley.

If Bachie gets into a game, he’ll become the 23rd player and third linebacker to make his NFL debut for the Eagles this year.

Bachie is the second undrafted rookie defensive player from Michigan State with the Eagles this year. Defensive tackle Raequan Williams is currently on the practice squad and has played in two games, including 22 snaps in the loss to the Packers Sunday.

According to NFL rules, the Eagles must keep Bachie on the active roster for a minimum of three weeks.