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Eagles bring Alex Ellis back to practice squad

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The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed free agent tight end Alex Ellis to their practice squad, according to an official announcement from the team. In a corresponding move, the Eagles released practice squad tight end Scott Orndoff.

The Eagles originally signed Ellis back in training camp. He performed well enough in practices and preseason games to make the team’s practice squad at the start of this season.

Ellis was promoted to the 53-man roster and appeared in three games as a tight end. He didn’t log a reception but the Eagles used him as a fullback in goal line situations. His blocking skills made him well suited for that role.

After suffering an injury in Week 4, the Eagles waived Ellis with an injury designation. But now he’s back on the practice squad to give the team more depth. The Eagles currently have Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, and Joshua Perkins (who the team views as a hybrid receiver) at tight end on the 53-man roster.

Orndoff originally signed to the Eagles’ practice squad back in late October. He was clearly a placeholder until they could get Ellis back.

Current Eagles practice squad

TE Alex Ellis

WR Deontay Burnett

DT Albert Huggins

WR Marken Michel

CB Tremon Smith

DT Bruce Hector

C Keegan Render

RB De’Angelo Henderson

QB Kyle Lauletta

WR Marcus Green