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Eagles activate tight end Richard Rodgers, place Josh Perkins on Injured Reserve

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Eagles activate tight end Richard Rodgers, place Josh Perkins on Injured Reserve

Richard Rodgers is going to make his Eagles debut on Sunday in New Orleans. 

The Eagles on Friday afternoon activated Rodgers from Injured Reserve. Earlier in the week, they designated him to return as he began practicing after rehabbing from a knee injury he suffered in the preseason. 

To make room for Rodgers on the 53-man roster, the Eagles sent fellow tight end Josh Perkins (knee) to IR. 

The Eagles used one of their two designations to return from IR on Rodgers, which means they have just one left for either Mack Hollins or Mike Wallace later this season. They made the move to bring back Rodgers because Perkins, their third tight end, suffered what Doug Pederson called a “significant” knee injury. 

Rodgers, 26, signed with the Eagles as a free agent this offseason after spending the first four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. During those four seasons, Rodgers caught 120 passes for 1,166 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

It’s unclear what kind of role Rodgers will have with the Eagles down the stretch, but we know he won’t be taking any time from Zach Ertz, who has been the best tight end in the NFL this season. He also shouldn’t take time from rookie second-round pick Dallas Goedert. 

Still no word about Tim Jernigan, who remains on the Non-football Injury list. Like Rodgers, he was not on the injury report because he wasn’t on the roster during the week of practice. The Eagles have until 4 p.m. on Saturday to add Jernigan to the active roster if he’s going to play this weekend. 

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson questionable, but expected to play

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson questionable, but expected to play

Updated: 2:34 p.m.

After missing last week's loss to the Cowboys, right tackle Lane Johnson is expected to play this weekend, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Johnson is officially listed as questionable. 

Here's the full status report: 

OUT: CB Ronald Darby (knee), CB Jalen Mills (foot), TE Josh Perkins (knee), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)

Questionable: Johnson (knee), Haloti Ngata (knee) 

Sidney Jones is not on the injury report and will play on Sunday. 

The Eagles hoped Johnson would be able to play last week through his sprained MCL, but he was held out and Halapoulivaati Vaitai started in his place. Johnson has been limited in practice this week. 

"He's a lot closer," Pederson said. "He's had a really good week of practice. Feels a lot better health-wise, so I would expect him to go, yes."

Tim Jernigan 
Jernigan is still on the Non-football Injury list, so the Eagles would need to make a roster move before he's able to play. Pederson said he's "still optimistic" Jernigan will be able to play this weekend. 

"It's just kind of day by day and get through the practice and see where he's at," Pederson said. 

Jernigan has been rotating in with the starters during practice this week. If he plays this weekend, he would need to be added to the roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

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The Eagles' tight end was removed from IR on Friday afternoon as Josh Perkins was placed on IR. Rodgers will make his Eagles debut on Sunday. 

Jones 
Pederson said Jones is in a "better situation" than Jernigan. They want to see how Jones responds to a week of practice, but Jones himself said he's playing this weekend. He hasn't played since he left the Giants game after eight snaps. 

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Eagles TE Richard Rodgers designated to return from IR

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Eagles TE Richard Rodgers designated to return from IR

The Eagles have designated tight end Richard Rodgers to return from injured reserve, which means they have just one more designated return to go.

Rodgers (knee) has been cleared to practice and will begin a 21-day practice period during which he won’t count against the active roster. After those 21 days, the Eagles must add Rodgers to the 53-man roster or send him to the IR for the rest of the year. Unless there’s a setback, he’ll be back on the roster.

Perhaps more importantly, though, is that this leaves the Eagles just one more spot for either Mack Hollins or Mike Wallace to return from IR. Those were the three candidates.

We now know only one of those two receivers will be able to return this season.

Because of that, it’s a little surprising that Rodgers has been designated for return. Perhaps the Eagles know something about one of the remaining two the rest of us don’t.

Hollins has missed all season with a groin injury, while Wallace fractured his fibula the second week of the season. Just last week, Wallace was seen in the locker room with a boot still on his foot.

Rodgers hurt his knee in the preseason game against New England and was placed on IR Sept. 4. He has been working on a side field with trainers during recent practices.

The way the rule works is that the Eagles don’t have to designate which players will return when they go on IR. That changed a few years ago. Now, they designate them when they’re close to returning.

Some folks have asked about Tim Jernigan, but he’s not on injured reserve. Jernigan is on the Non-football Injury list, so when he returns to the 53-man roster, he won’t take up one of these two spots. His 21-day practice window is already underway.

In other tight end news, the Eagles signed TE Will Tye to their practice squad and released TE Billy Brown from the practice squad.

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