With only two healthy defensive tackles on the roster, the Eagles on Friday morning signed undrafted rookie Bruce Hector from the practice squad.
Hector spent the first four weeks of the season on the active roster before being released on Oct. 2 and joining the practice squad two days later. Hector played 18 snaps on defense the first four weeks of the season and 12 more on special teams.
To make room for Hector, the Eagles released wide receiver Kamar Aiken, who played 131 snaps on offense after rejoining the team after the opener but caught only six passes for 53 yards — just 1 for 14 the last four games.
The Eagles originally signed Aiken on July 25, released him Sept. 1 and re-signed him on Sept. 12.
Veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and has been limited in practice this week.
The only other defensive tackles on the roster before this roster move were all-pro Fletcher Cox and Trayvon Hester, who was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 2 — replacing Hector on the 53.
Whether Hector dresses out Sunday for the Eagles' game against the Panthers depends on whether Ngata will be healthy enough to play.
Hester has played 26 snaps on defense the last two weeks. He was a seventh-round pick of the Raiders last year and averaged 25 snaps per game at defensive tackle in 2017 for the Raiders.
With Aiken gone, the Eagles are down to five wide receivers — starters Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery, plus DeAndre Carter, Shelton Gibson and Jordan Matthews.
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