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Eagles promote Byron Marshall to 53 man roster

Replaces the injured Wendell Smallwood

NFL: Preseason-Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles promoted running back Byron Marshall from their practice squad to the 53 man roster, their third addition in two days after placing three players on injured reserve.

Running back Wendell Smallwood, long snapper Jon Dorenbos and tackle Matt Tobin were all placed on injured reserve yesterday after injuries sustained in Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Long snapper Rick Lovato and cornerback Dwayne Gratz were signed that day to fill two of the three roster spots.

Marshall, a versatile runner/receiver, is an undrafted rookie from Oregon, where he had 1,877 rushing yards and 1,293 receiving yards in four years. In his sophomore season in 2013 he was the team’s leading rusher, in 2014 he was the team’s leading receiver, in 2015 he missed nearly the entire season with a leg injury.

In the 2016 preseason for the Eagles, Marshall had 34 rushing attempts for 86 yards, a 2.5 yards per carry average, and added 8 receptions for 60 yards. After being among final cuts, he was added to the team’s practice squad.

No corresponding practice squad addition has been announced.

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