UPDATE: After doing some more digging, I think Hall might not actually be kept around. He might just be released from the reserve/PUP list when healthy. So, he still could be a goner after all.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
It was a bit of a surprise to see Daeshon Hall included in the five cuts the Philadelphia Eagles made on Sunday evening. Hall really shined in the preseason last year and there was thought the team was going to stash him away on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start the 2020 season.
It turns out that Hall reached PUP after all, though. The 25-year-old defensive end reverted to the Eagles’ reserve/PUP list after clearing waivers since he was waived with a failed physical designation. Recall that Hall suffered a torn ACL on the Eagles’ final 2019 regular season snap.
This development means that Hall does not currently count against the Eagles’ roster limit like he would have if they put him on active/PUP. Had the team gone that route, they would’ve been able to take Hall off PUP at any point before Week 1. But now he’s locked in to the reserve/PUP list, which means he’s guaranteed to miss at least the first six weeks of the season, if not more. As soon as Week 7, the Eagles are permitted to activate his 21-day practice window to allow him to ramp up to return. He must then be activated to the 53-man roster before that window is over or else he’ll remain inactivate for the rest of the season.
It remains to be seen if the Eagles will activate Hall. They were reluctant to play him last year despite the fact he looked so good in the summer. He might not get an opportunity unless the Eagles suffer a lot of edge rusher injuries.
The Eagles could also possibly eventually waive Hall with an injury settlement if they don’t feel like he’s worth keeping around.
In any case, it’s good to see Hall is back under team control for now.
Elsewhere in transaction news, the Houston Texans claimed former Eagles defensive tackle Albert Huggins off waivers. Huggy Bear originally signed with the Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. The Texans kept him on their practice squad before the Eagles poached him away.
None of the other three players — Shelton Gibson, Marcus Green, or Tremon Smith — the Eagles waived on Sunday night were claimed.
The Eagles’ roster is currently at 82 (plus the Matt Leo exemption) but they need to get down to 80 prior to reporting for training camp today, July 28.