The Philadelphia Eagles have waived running back Matthew Tucker, according to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Tucker was waived with a non-football injury designation, as officially confirmed by the team.
Tucker originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He was waived in final cuts before being kept around on the practice squad. He was eventually promoted to the 53-man roster and was active for two games. Tucker spent the entire 2014 season on Philadelphia's practice squad. Tucker looked decent in preseason with the Eagles the past two summers but the team is apparently ready to move on.
With Tucker gone, the Eagles now have five running backs under contract: DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, and Raheem Mostert.
Undrafted free agent Villanova running back Kevin Monangai is expected to sign with the team after breaking the news on his Instagram account late last week. Until Monangai officially signs, the Eagles roster is one roster spot shy of the 90-man limit.
Eagles players report for training camp this week on Saturday, Aug. 1.
UPDATE: This is why Tucker was waived.
Matthew Tucker says that he had surgery to repair a torn quad tendon, recovery time 8-9 months.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 27, 2015