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Decimated by injuries at corner, Eagles bring back veteran CB Orlando Scandrick

Decimated by injuries at corner, Eagles bring back veteran CB Orlando Scandrick

With the Eagles decimated by injuries at corner, they’ll turn to a familiar face.

The team has brought back veteran corner Orlando Scandrick. In a corresponding move, the Eagles released LB and special teamer L.J. Fort.

Scandrick spent the preseason with the Eagles and was among their final cuts. In Scandrick, they get a veteran of 10 years and someone who already has knowledge of their defensive playbook. The long-time Cowboy will get extra time to get reacclimated to the Eagles’ scheme with the break after playing a Thursday night game.

For the second straight season the Eagles are dealing with a rash of injuries at cornerback. After Ronald Darby injured his hamstring against the Lions, Sidney Jones tweaked his in the first quarter against the Packers Thursday. Avonte Maddox suffered a scary injury late in the fourth quarter when he was hit by teammate Andrew Sendejo. Maddox was carted off the field, but the team put out a statement Friday with positive news.

That left only Rasul Douglas and Craig James — who went from the practice squad to hero in short order — healthy enough to finish the game.

The team also has Jalen Mills on the PUP and Cre’Von LeBlanc on IR. Mills will be eligible to return after Week 6.

Scandrick has played in 140 NFL games with 76 starts. He has nine interceptions, 11½ sacks and 27 tackles for loss in 10 years with the Cowboys and one season with the Chiefs.

Fort was signed this offseason after spending the last four seasons with the Steelers. He didn't play any defensive snaps this season but was third on the Eagles in special teams snaps. By releasing him now, the Eagles will recoup a compensatory draft pick. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Doug Pederson’s comments about coaching staff accountability and go through his roster of coaches. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion. Mack Hollins is gone. Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact and the team hasn’t been the same without him.

And the Eagles do have a game this week! 

• Marken Michel is back and Dave is happy 
• Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion 
• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
• Which coaches might not be back?
• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
• Eagles really miss Jordan Howard 
• Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley 
• At least one more game vs. Eli 

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Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill missed practice on Thursday with a concussion, which means he could possibly miss Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Grugier-Hill played 42 snaps against the Dolphins and even spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But on Thursday, he reported concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

On the first play from scrimmage against the Dolphins, Grugier-Hill collided hard with DeVante Parker, but was able to return to the game after the collision. It's unclear whether or not this was the play where he suffered the concussion, but it's very possible.

If Grugier-Hill can’t play on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers would be Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, who would likely see an expanded role.

In addition to Grugier-Hill, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Derek Barnett (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.

Agholor was limited last week during practice with his knee injury but was able to play. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Dolphins game but was able to return to the game and play 50 snaps.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday, as he has been for weeks, and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. He can’t play until that happens. On Thursday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t think it’s an injury that will end Howard’s season, but there’s just four games left.

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