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Eagles waive two young players with injury settlements

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They’re gone.

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The Philadelphia Eagles waived defensive end Alex McCalister and safety Tre Sullivan from the team’s injured reserve list, according to an official announcement from the team. The Eagles reached injury settlements with both players.

McCalister and Sullivan were placed on the injured reserve list earlier this week after getting hurt in the Eagles’ preseason finale against the New York Jets. It was thought the Eagles would stash these developmental players on the IR list for the season, but that’s no longer the case. They’re both now free agents available to sign with any team.

McCalister and Sullivan had decent summer showings this preseason. McCalister, one of the Eagles’ picks in seventh round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, made a push for the fifth defensive end spot but lost out to Steven Means. As for the undrafted Sullivan, he showed some potential as a hard-hitting safety.

It’s always possible the Eagles could bring these players back down the road. Both are practice squad eligible. If Philadelphia did want to bring them back, however, it could be no sooner than three weeks after the injury settlement time expires. It’s unclear how long the injury settlements are for either player.

With McCalister and Sullivan gone, there are only three players listed on the Eagles’ injured reserve list: undrafted cornerback Randall Goforth, defensive tackle Aziz Shittu, and wide receiver Dom Williams.