Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen passed a physical and is returning to the team’s active roster, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Allen was originally placed on the active/non-football injury (NFI) list prior to the start of training camp in late July. The team’s fourth year defensive lineman suffered a chest/pectoral injury while doing some offseason training earlier this year in April.
It wasn’t clear if Allen was going to be ready by Week 1, which is why the team originally put him on the NFI list. But now it appears he’s healthy and ready to return to practice.
Allen’s return is a nice boost for the Eagles’ defensive line depth. He figures to be the top backup behind interior starters Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan. Destiny Vaeao also appears likely to make the squad while both Justin Hamilton and Elijah Qualls are on the roster bubble.
This is a big year for Allen because he’s a free agent after this season. Returning to the field is a good sign for both himself and the team.
(Note that the Eagles don’t need to make a roster move to make space for Allen. He was already taking up a spot while on the NFI list. The team is simply removing him from that list which will allow him to return to practice.)