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Howie Roseman pulls off another player-for-player trade, nabs safety from Arizona

Howie Roseman pulls off another player-for-player trade, nabs safety from Arizona

For the second time this summer, Howie Roseman has made a player-for-player trade.

This time, the Eagles have acquired safety Rudy Ford from the Arizona Cardinals for defensive tackle Bruce Hector.

Ford, 24, was a sixth-round pick out of Auburn in 2017 and has played in 23 games (one start) in the last two years for the Cardinals. Hector, a 24-year-old undrafted rookie out of South Florida last year, played in eight games for the Eagles in 2018.

Like most of these player-for-player trades (which are rare for most teams, but not the Eagles), it seems like Ford and Hector will each have a better chance of cracking rosters with their new teams. Earlier this month, Roseman moved undrafted OL Ryan Bates to Buffalo for DE Eli Harold for similar reasons.

During his two years in the NFL, Ford (5-11, 205) has primarily been a special teamer. He played 65 percent of the Cardinals’ special teams snaps in 2018 and just 5.5 percent of their defensive snaps. He didn’t play on defense at all as a rookie and played just 62 defensive snaps in 2018. He has played 455 special teams snaps in two years.

Even after trading for Ford, it doesn’t seem like he’s anywhere near a sure thing to make the roster. First, training camp is already over and we’re just two weeks from the start of the season. And the Eagles still have Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo and Johnathan Cyprien. And when the Eagles go to three safeties in practice, it’s still Sendejo who stays on the field.

We’ve talked about this for a while: the Eagles would basically recoup a compensatory pick if Sendejo isn’t on the roster. But based on how much they’ve been using him all summer, that hasn’t seemed likely.

In addition to those top four, the Eagles also still have Tre Sullivan, Deiondre’ Hall and Trae Elston. Sullivan and Hall were each on the 53-man roster in 2018. So this move has provided the Eagles even more depth at the safety position.

The Eagles did move on from Blake Countess on Aug. 13, so perhaps they just traded for Ford to fill the requirement for Auburn safeties on the roster.

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Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

Eagles bring back cornerback Craig James to practice squad

The Eagles on Wednesday evening signed cornerback Craig James to their practice squad. 

This was the second roster move in what might end up being a busy week for the battered Eagles, who listed 13 players on their first injury report of Week 3. 

James, 23, was just waived by the Eagles on Tuesday to create a roster spot for tight end Alex Ellis in the wake of Dallas Goedert’s injury. James cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad. 

The Eagles initially signed James to their practice squad on Sept. 2, but called him up on Sept. 11. James was active for Week 2 against the Falcons, playing one snap on defense and 11 on special teams. 

But with the injuries, keeping James on the roster was a luxury the Eagles couldn’t afford. With just three healthy receivers, the Eagles will likely need to make at least one more roster move before Sunday’s game against the Lions. 

After adding James, the practice squad is full again at 10 players and the roster is full at 53. 



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Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

Eagles injury update: Corey Clement already out of his sling

His right arm already out of the sling, Corey Clement moved his arms up and down and waved to a few news cameras gathered around his locker to show off his range of motion. 

The Eagles’ running back on Wednesday afternoon was breathing a sigh of relief. 

The shoulder injury Clement suffered on the opening kickoff in the second half Sunday is not serious and he says he’s day-to-day. The sling he wore for two days was just a precautionary measure from the Eagles’ trainers. 

I’m out of the sling already,” Clement said, “so I’m really trying to keep calm, realizing that it’s still early in the season. … I know I’ll be back out there soon.

Clement is among a group of Eagles — Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert included — who were listed as day-to-day by head coach Doug Pederson earlier on Wednesday, even though none of them practiced. 

Wednesday’s injury report was an estimation because they held a walkthrough: 

Did not practice: Clement (shoulder), Goedert (calf), Jackson (abdomen), Jeffery (calf), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back) 

Limited: Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Johnathan Cyprien (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf), Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee)

Full: Nate Sudfeld (wrist)

On the play where Clement was hurt, on the opening kickoff in the second half on Sunday night, he actually fumbled away the football. It was a bad time for a fumble because Atlanta took over and quickly scored a touchdown to go up 17-6.

“I was surprised the damn ball came out,” Clement said. “I was like, ‘how the Hell does that happen?’ And then I didn’t pay attention to how close I was to the ground, so that shook me up a bit.”  

When Clement first hit the ground, he was worried because he landed on his right shoulder, the same one where he tore his labrum back in 2011 at Glassboro High School. 

This injury, he said, isn’t serious at all. 

“I don’t even know what it is,” Clement said, before waving to the cameras. “I got full motion, I’m fine. I’ll be back out there soon, no worries.”

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