The Philadelphia Eagles placed veteran wide receiver Charles Johnson on the season-ending injured reserve list on Wednesday evening, according to an official announcement from the team.
Johnson going to IR opened up the roster spot the Eagles used to sign undrafted rookie free agent offensive tackle Riley Mayfield, which was previously reported by NFL Network.
The Eagles originally signed Johnson back in April following the collapse of the Alliance of American Football. The Eagles were drawn to Johnson after he led the AAF in receiving.
Johnson figured to compete for a 53-man roster spot as a fifth or sixth wide receiver. The 30-year-old had a decent spring before not showing up as much in training camp. Johnson then suffered an ankle injury during the Eagles’ second preseason game and hasn’t been able to practice since.
Johnson joins Joe Ostman as the only two Eagles players on the teams injured reserve list. Unlike the regular season, a player going on IR in the preseason means their season is definitely over ... barring an injury settlement.
Speaking of, the Eagles waived 2017 fifth-round pick Shelton Gibson off IR last week with such a settlement. We’ll see if Johnson gets that same treatment at some point or if the Eagles keep him around for the entire 2019 season. Johnson is scheduled to be a free agent in March 2020.