After suffering a Lis Franc sprain during Friday night's game against the Jaguars, safety Antoine Harris has been placed on injured reserve. This was the same season-ending injury that Omar Gaither suffered last year.
With Macho Harris still seeing limited action and Quintin Demps sidelined with a knee/bone contusion, the Eagles needed a fill-in at safety. So today at practice, the coaching staff put veteran Jamaal Fudge and rookie free agent Terrell Skinner through their paces. Per the Eagles website:
Fudge has four years of NFL experience with the Jaguars and the Falcons. The 5-9, 190-pound Fudge played in two games for the Falcons last season, primarily on special teams, before being placed on the Injured Reserve list with a knee injury. The 27-year-old Fudge has played in 33 career games over the past four years.
Skinner was a rookie free agent signing of the Vikings this year out of Maryland. Skinner was released when injuries at the wide receiver position became an issue for the team. Ironically, Skinner began his college career at Maryland as a wide receiver before making the transition his final two years to safety. The 6-2, 214-pound Skinner had a career-high 67 tackles last year to go along with three pass breakups and an interception.
If either were signed, they would likely just be a preseason body, but they would have small a chance to beat out rookie free agent Ryan Hamilton for a spot on the practice squad (in Skinner's case) or seventh-round pick Kurt Coleman for a backup safety position.