The Philadelphia Eagles finally placed starting defensive end Derek Barnett on injured reserve, according to an official announcement from the team.
Reports surfaced on Monday indicating Barnett would be out for the season due to a torn rotator cuff he’s been trying to play through. Doug Pederson confirmed those reports during his Wednesday press conference.
Barnett’s absence means more playing time for the remaining four healthy defensive ends on the Eagles’ 53-man roster: Brandon Graham, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and Josh Sweat. The rookie Sweat has only played 15 defensive snaps so far this year.
With Barnett going on IR, the Eagles had a vacant roster spot to work with. Philadelphia decided to fill the void by promoting practice squad cornerback Chandon Sullivan to the active roster.
Sullivan, an undrafted rookie free agent signing out of Georiga State, showed some promise in the preseason. Barring further injury, he won’t see significant playing time but he will provide depth with Sidney Jones out for this week’s game (if not longer).
Here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ practice squad:
RB Donnel Pumphrey
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