The Eagles on Saturday afternoon elevated running back Jordan Howard and defensive tackle Raequan Williams from the practice squad to play in Sunday’s game against the Packers in Green Bay.
For Howard, 26, this will be a return to Lambeau Field, where he played very well last season in an Eagles win.
Last year in Week 4, Howard had 87 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries in the Eagles’ 34-27 win over the Packers. He also caught three passes for 28 yards and another touchdown. It is one of two three-touchdown games in his career.
The Eagles just brought back Howard to the practice squad on Nov. 23. The Eagles didn’t elevate him for Monday night’s loss against the Seahawks. But after another week of practice, Howard is ready to go.
And after the Eagles’ released Will Parks this week, Howard is wearing No. 28. He wore 24 with the Eagles last season but Darius Slay has that number in 2020.
Howard is back with the Eagles after a rough start to his season with the Dolphins. He played just five games with the Dolphins this season and averaged 1.2 yards per carry.
Before suffering a stinger and missing the second half of the season, Howard was playing well in 2019. In 10 games, Howard had 119 carries for 525 yards (4.4) and 6 touchdowns. But he was also blocking Miles Sanders from seeing the field more early in his rookie season.
Meanwhile, this is the second practice squad elevation for Williams this season. The UDFA out of Michigan State was also elevated for the Cowboys game and played 16 defensive snaps. He’ll be the fourth DT against the Packers.
Practice squad players can be elevated just twice this season but the Eagles were able to get away with elevating T.Y. McGill multiple times after that this year as a COVID-19 replacement. At this point, the Eagles have now used two elevations for McGill and Williams. They still have Treyvon Hester on the practice squad and he has yet to be elevated this season.
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