The Philadelphia Eagles waived wide receiver Greg Ward and promoted practice squad cornerback Craig James to their 53-man roster, according to an official announcement from the team.
The James promotion was expected following the report that Ronald Darby is expected to miss “a few games” with a hamstring injury. Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, and Avonte Maddox were the only three healthy corners on the roster with Darby hurt so now James gives the team a fourth guy at the position.
The Eagles originally signed James to their practice squad prior to Week 1. He was promoted to the active roster for the team’s Week 2 game against the Falcons but was then waived prior to Week 3. The Eagles brought James back to the practice squad after he cleared waivers. Barring injury, James will mostly play on special teams.
Ward’s stint on the Eagles’ 53-man roster was short-lived; the team only promoted him back on Saturday. Ward was needed as a fourth receiver with both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson missing the Eagles’ Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions. The Eagles cutting Ward now lends credence to the expectation that Jeffery will suit up against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Good to see.
The Eagles will likely sign Ward back to their practice squad if/when he clears waivers. Even after potentially re-signing Ward, the Eagles still have one practice squad opening.
Current Eagles practice squad
CB Ajene Harris
QB Kyle Lauletta
RB Boston Scott
WR Marcus Green
TE Joshua Perkins
OG Sua Opeta
DT Bruce Hector
LB Alex Singleton