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The Philadelphia Eagles waived linebacker Asantay Brown and signed free agent linebacker Hayes Pullard, according to an official announcement from the team.

Brown suffered an injury during one of the Eagles’ practices against the Ravens last week. He was a long shot to make the team even if he was healthy.

The 27-year-old Pullard has some experience in the league. He began his career as a seventh-round pick by the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Jaguars then signed the rookie Pullard off Cleveland’s practice squad. Pullard played in 24 games with Jacksonville, making two starts along the way.

Pullard reunited with former Jags head coach Gus Bradley — now the Chargers’ defensive coordinator — after Jacksonville waived him in 2017. Pullard made 10 starts in 22 games played for Los Angeles over the last two seasons. He logged 90 total tackles, one interception, and one pass defensed during that span.

Pullard sat on the free agent market following the 2018 season until the Cardinals signed him earlier this month. Arizona then released him just three weeks later.

Signing Pullard allows the Eagles to fill some snaps during the team’s preseason finale against the Jets. It also gives them a chance to evaluate the veteran defender up close. Philadelphia has some depth concerns at linebacker with projected starters Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill both still recovering from injury. Still, it doesn’t seem likely Pullard will be on the 53-man roster.

Pullard is the 15th player the Eagles have added to their roster since training camp began in late July.

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