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Philadelphia Eagles sign Kenjon Barner to practice squad contract

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It's official: Kenjon Barner is back. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed the second-year running back to a practice squad contract. The Eagles had an open practice squad spot because safety Jordan Kovacs was signed to the Miami Dolphins' active roster.

This move doesn't come as a surprise. The team originally traded a conditional 7th round draft pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Barner during the summer. (Note: the Eagles do not owe that pick to Carolina.) Head coach Chip Kelly is obviously very familiar with Barner from their time together at Oregon.

Barner recorded 12 rushing attempts for 53 yards (4.4 yards per attempt) and a long of 16 yards with the Eagles during 2014 preseason. He also returned one kickoff for 22 yards and one punt for three yards.

The Eagles placed Barner, who suffered an ankle injury in the preseason finale, on the team's injured reserve list during final roster cuts. Philadelphia would go on to eventually waive Barner with an injury settlement in early September.

Barner was brought in by the Eagles for a workout on two separate occasions in October. The team clearly still has interest in him.

The Eagles are currently carrying three running backs on the active roster: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, and Chris Polk. Barner joins Matthew Tucker as the team's second running back on the 10-man practice squad.

With Barner in the fold, the Eagles practice squad is finalized for now. Here's what it looks like:

QB G.J. Kinne
RB Matthew Tucker
RB Kenjon Barner
S Ed Reynolds II
WR Will Murphy
NT Wade Keliikipi
WR Quron Pratt
G/C Josh Andrews
OT Kevin Graf
LB Brandon Hepburn

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