The Philadelphia Eagles made a roster move on Friday morning. The team officially cut veteran wide receiver Kamar Aiken in order to call up rookie defensive tackle Bruce Hector from the practice squad.
This move seems to indicate Haloti Ngata, who has been limited in practice this week, likely won’t be able to play on Sunday. Doug Pederson said Ngata is “questionable” for the Panthers game.
Prior to calling up Hector, the Eagles would’ve been down to just Fletcher Cox and Treyvon Hester at defensive tackle if Ngata couldn’t suit up. Destiny Vaeao went on injured reserve earlier this week.
Hector, an undrafted rookie free agent signing out of South Florida, began the season on the Eagles’ 53-man roster but got sent down to the practice squad in favor of Hester a few weeks ago. Now the Eagles are in a spot where they needed him back on the 53. That goes to show you how desperate the Eagles are at the position.
It’s hardly surprising to see Aiken get released. The 29-year-old hasn’t been a very effective contributor. Aiken has six receptions for 53 yards this season. The Eagles were at a point where they were playing him a ton of snaps earlier this year with Alshon Jeffery out and Mike Wallace getting hurt. Thankfully that’s not the case anymore.
With Aiken gone, the Eagles will move forward with Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, DeAndre Carter and Shelton Gibson as their five receivers on the main roster. Wallace and Mack Hollins are still on injured reserve. The Eagles could look to activate at least one of them, if not both, once they’re eligible in a few weeks.
The Eagles now have a vacant spot on the practice squad with Hector getting called up. We’ll likely see the team make an addition there early next week.
Here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ practice squad:
DT Winston Craig
LB B.J. Bello
OL Josh Andrews
TE Billy Brown
LB Asantay Brown
WR Braxton Miller
WR Dorren Miller
DE Joe Ostman
CB Chandon Sullivan