The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced the following roster moves on Friday afternoon:
- LB Shaun Bradley and LB Duke Riley to injured reserve.
- TE Jason Croom and LB Rashad Smith promoted from practice squad to 53-man roster.
Bradley suffered a neck injury in Week 16 and wasn’t able to practice this week. The 2020 sixth-round pick finished his rookie season with 76 defensive snaps and 283 special teams snaps played.
Riley has been dealing with a biceps injury that caused him to miss last week’s game. The 26-year-old will be a free agent in March so he may have played his last down with the Eagles. Not impossible he returns as a role player/special teams contributor.
Croom is that dude who unexpectedly caught a wide open touchdown pass back in October. The Eagles needed an extra tight end body with Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers both out for Week 17. The Eagles will now have Zach Ertz, Caleb Wilson, and Croom against Washington. Would’ve liked the team to promote 24-year-old Hakeem Butler, who’s admittedly a work in progress, instead of Croom, who turns 27 in February. But whatever.
The Eagles needed an extra body at linebacker since Alex Singleton, T.J. Edwards, and Joe Bachie were the only healthy players at that position. Promoting Smith gives them a fourth. Potentially activating Davion Taylor from injured reserve gives them a fifth. Good opportunity for young guys to get playing time in Week 17.