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Eagles activate Tim Jernigan, sign two practice squad players

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Finally.

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The Philadelphia Eagles finally received some good news on Tuesday. Starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan has been officially cleared to be activated from the reserve/non-football injury list.

In order to make room for Jernigan on the Eagles’ 53-man roster, the team waived backup defensive tackle T.Y. McGill. McGill originally joined the team on November 6. He’s the player the Eagles signed after cutting fan favorite DeAndre Carter.

Getting Jernigan back figures to give the Eagles’ interior defensive line a much-needed boost, assuming he’s still the same player he was before suffering a herniated disc in the offseason. The Eagles have been getting nothing out of the defensive tackle position aside from Fletcher Cox. Jernigan, in theory, should improve the Eagles’ pass rush and run defense to some extent.

It obviously stinks that it took until Week 12 for Jernigan to return since the Eagles are in a hole with a 4-6 record. Philadelphia is still alive in the NFC East race, though, so maybe Jernigan’s return can help the Eagles take back the lead. Jernigan will make his 2018 season debut in a key game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

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In other news, the Eagles signed two players to their practice squad: center Anthony Fabiano and cornerback Jeremiah McKinnon.

Fabiano originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2016 after going undrafted out of Harvard. He’s bounced around a number of different NFL teams (Browns twice, Washington, Giants, Patriots, Colts) but he only has two career starts to his name. Adding Fabiano makes sense after losing Josh Andrews to the Colts.

As for McKinnon, the 25-year-old originally signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. He’s bounced around a number of different NFL teams (Cowboys twice, Titans, Washington, Giants, Browns) but has only appeared in one career game. The Eagles needed extra depth in the secondary due to Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, and Rasul Douglas getting banged up against the Saints. Among those players, Jones is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ practice squad:

CB Jeremiah McKinnon

OL Anthony Fabiano

TE Will Tye

DT Bruce Hector

RB Donnel Pumphrey

LB B.J. Bello

LB Asantay Brown

WR Braxton Miller

WR Dorren Miller

DE Joe Ostman