Eagles promote DB from practice squad, bring back former draft pick


The Eagles on Wednesday afternoon made a trio of roster moves that were all related:

  • Rodney McLeod was put on Injured Reserve after tearing his ACL on Sunday
  • DB Elijah Riley was promoted from the practice squad to take McLeod’s place on the 53-man roster
  • The Eagles signed S Blake Countess to the practice squad, taking Riley’s old spot

The McLeod move was expected after Doug Pederson confirmed the veteran safety tore his ACL and would be out for the season.

And it isn’t much of a surprise that Riley was promoted from the practice squad. Riley had already been elevated from the practice squad for games twice this season and two elevations is the maximum number for any player. So if the Eagles wanted Riley for this weekend, they were going to have to add him to their 53-man roster.

Riley, 22, is an undrafted defensive back out of Army. He was active for the Steelers game and the Ravens game this season, but had just two defensive snaps and 30 on special teams.

The Eagles have a ton of defensive back injuries right now and need bodies. McLeod is out for the year, Avonte Maddox also has a significant knee injury, Darius Slay is concussed, Michael Jacquet and Rudy Ford have hamstring injuries and Cre’Von LeBlanc and Craig James are still on IR.

Countess, 27, was actually drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round out of Auburn back in 2016. This is his third stint with the Eagles but he has never played a game with them. After getting released at final cuts in 2016, Countess went to the Rams and played in 37 games over the next three seasons.

In 2019, Countess re-joined the Eagles but was cut before training camp. He eventually latched on with the Jets and played in six games last year.


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