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Eagles waived/injured Joe Ostman to get down to 80 players

Smokin’ Joe is gone.

NFL: AUG 05 Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles waived/injured Joe Ostman on Tuesday afternoon, according to an official announcement from the team.

The Eagles had been listing Ostman as ‘day-to-day’ with a concussion that caused him to miss over a week of practice.

The impetus to cut him came from the Eagles needing to trim their roster down to 80 players ahead of the 4:00 PM Eastern deadline today, Tuesday, August 24. The team previously waived four players on Monday.

Ostman wasn’t a strong contender to make the 53-man roster but his departure is still notable. He’s been in Philly since the Eagles originally added him as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft. He was having a great training camp in 2019 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

Ostman was well-liked by his teammates, who voted him as the Eagles’ 2020 Ed Block Courage Award winner. Jordan Mailata has regularly gone out of his way to credit Ostman for always pushing him in practice and helping him develop/improve as a left tackle.

We’ll see if Ostman catches on anywhere else if/when he’s claimed or eventually released from injured reserve via an injury settlement. Perhaps Joe Douglas envisions a role for him on the Jets.

As for the Eagles impact, Philly is down to just Genard Avery (currently missing time with a new groin injury) and Patrick Johnson as their primary SAM linebacker candidates.