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Eagles place two on Injured Reserve, promote offensive lineman

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The Eagles placed defensive end Vinny Curry and cornerback Craig James on Injured Reserve Tuesday, sidelining both for at least three games.

Both got hurt during the loss in Washington on Sunday and won't be eligible to return until the Eagles' Week 5 game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11. 

The 32-year-old Curry, playing in his 101st game as an Eagle, suffered a hamstring injury. James has a thigh injury.

Curry played 22 snaps on defense before getting hurt on the final play of the third quarter. James didn’t play on defense Sunday but played 25 snaps on special teams, third most on the team.

With Brandon Graham sidelined with a concussion, Curry on IR and Derek Barnett’s status for Sunday also up in the air — he’s been out since before training began — the Eagles are very thin at edge rusher.

Their only healthy edge rushers right now are Josh Sweat, Genard Avery and Casey Toohill.

Joe Ostman is on the practice squad and could be one of the Eagles’ two game-day roster additions Sunday when the Eagles face the Rams if Barnett and or Graham are unable to play.

The Eagles filled one of the two roster vacancies by promoting interior lineman Sua Opeta from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Opeta, who was a game-day call-up Sunday, did not play against Washington.

The Eagles also added former Bengals tight end Jordan Franks to the practice squad. Franks has not been on a roster since the Bengals cut him two weeks ago.


Franks, who played at Central Florida, played six games for Cincinnati in 2018, catching two passes for 37 yards, including a 32-yard catch from Andy Dalton against the Buccaneers. He was briefly on the Bengals’ active roster at the end of last year but did not play.