The Eagles signed cornerback De’Vante Bausby from the practice squad Saturday and placed Ronald Darby on injured reserve.
Bausby was in training camp with the Eagles and at one point during training camp was taking first-team reps in the slot.
He was released Sept. 1 then added to the practice squad the next day. He was released from the practice squad on Sept. 11 and rejoined the practice squad on Nov. 5.
Bausby, an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburg State in Kansas, has played in four NFL regular-season games, all with the Bears in 2016.
The Eagles face the 8-1 Saints Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans. The defensive backs available for the Eagles against the sixth-highest scoring offense in NFL history are:
Malcolm Jenkins, Corey Graham, Deiondre' Hall, Tre Sullivan
Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox (CB/S), Cre’Von LeBlanc, Bausby, Chandon Sullivan
Of those six corners, LeBlanc is 24, Douglas is 23 and Jones, Maddox and Sullivan are 22. They have a combined 49 career games played and 12 starts.
Douglas is the most experienced of that group with 23 games played and six starts. Jones has played in seven career games (one start), Maddox has played in nine games (five starts), Bausby has played in four games (no starts), LeBlanc has played in three games (no starts), and Sullivan has played in two games (no starts).
The Eagles lost Darby for the season with a knee injury suffered against the Cowboys last Sunday. Darby had one of the Eagles’ four interceptions this year after recording three in eight games last year.
He missed eight games with a knee injury last year so has played in just 17 games plus the playoffs since the Eagles acquired him for Jordan Matthews prior to last year.
Darby is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.
The Eagles have been battling injuries in the secondary all year. Darby joins starting safety Rodney McLeod on season-ending IR. Starter Jalen Mills is out for the Eagles' game against the Saints.
The Eagles do expect to get Jones back Sunday after he missed three games. He will likely start outside opposite Douglas. The Eagles could either start Bausby in the slot with Maddox at safety or Maddox in the slot with Graham at safety.
Bausby will be the 14th defensive back to dress for a game this year for the Eagles and the eighth cornerback, following Mills, Douglas, Darby, Jones, Sullivan, Dexter McDougle and LeBlanc.
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