Earlier this afternoon, the Eagles website officially announced the release of safety Brandon Harrison and linebacker Charleston Hughes. In addition, linebacker Stewart Bradley and tight end Cornelius Ingram were placed on the season-ending injured reserve list to reduce the number of active players to 75.
Hughes' recent foot contusion made his release an easy decision by the Philadelphia coaching staff. WIth rookie Moise Fokou stepping up in the preseason and Omar Gaither slated to be the starting MLB over developing second-year man Joe Mays, there didn't seem to be any room left on the roster for the former CFL star.
Brought in after Rashad Baker's release, RFA Brandon Harrison never stood out in his limited time with the team, recording only one tackle during the third preseason game. His departure leaves the Eagles with five players at the safety position: Quintin Mikell, Quintin Demps, Sean Jones, Macho Harris, and Reshard Langford.
After suffering ACL tears, Stewart Bradley and Cornelius Ingram both underwent successful surgery, but will be held out for the entire 2009 season.
The Eagles now have until September 5th to decide who will make the final roster. Expect the undecided position battles to reach a new level of intensity during this week's game against the New York Jets.