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Philadelphia Eagles bring Jake Knott back

The Eagles have signed second-year linebacker Jake Knott to a practice squad contract.

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That didn't take very long. Shortly after the Philadelphia Eagles released two practice squad players on Tuesday night (offensive lineman Tyler Hoover and linebacker Brandon Hepburn), former Eagles linebacker Jake Knott tweeted that he has returned to the team. Knott apparently signed a practice squad contract.

Knott was originally signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Knott played well enough to earn a roster spot and contributed on special teams during the season. Knott's 2014 offseason didn't get off to a great start, however, when it was announced he would be suspended four games for testing positive for PEDS. To make matters worse for Knott, he suffered a hamstring injury during training camp and was part of the Eagles' first 15 roster cuts in late August. Now that Knott is healthy and his suspension is over, it's not (no pun intended) a surprise to see Philadelphia bring him back.

The Eagles currently have only three healthy inside linebackers on the 53-man roster: veteran starter DeMeco Ryans along with backups Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho. Starter Mychal Kendricks is currently suffering a calf injury and there has been no word on his return. Rookie first round draft pick outside linebacker Marcus Smith II has also taken some repetitions on the inside. Knott gives the Eagles a player on the practice squad who knows the team's system and could be useful to have in an emergency situation.

One open spot remains on Philadelphia's practice squad. The Eagles will likely fill that final spot with recently released rookie offensive tackle Kevin Graf.

QB G.J. Kinne
RB Matthew Tucker
S Ed Reynolds II
WR Will Murphy
NT Wade Keliikipi
WR Quron Pratt
G/C Josh Andrews
WR Cobi Hamilton
ILB Jake Knott

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