The Philadelphia Eagles activated starting safety Rodney McLeod from the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list and offensive lineman Landon Dickerson from the active/non-football injury (NFI) list, according to an official announcement from the team.
McLeod and Dickerson were already taking up roster spots, so the Eagles didn’t need to clear space for them. This news does mean they will both take up spots on the 53-man roster, however, as opposed to missing at least the first six weeks of the season on PUP/NFI.
McLeod’s activation isn’t surprising. The veteran defender previously said he expected to be back in Week 1. It’s not perfectly clear if he’s fully on track to take 100% of the opening week snaps after suffering another ACL tear in mid-December. He might be ready ... but he might need to be eased in.
As for Dickerson, it wasn’t obvious that the Eagles were definitely going to activate him from NFI. There was a case to be made that Philly should take it extra cautious with their 2021 second-round pick considering his extensive injury history. It’s hard to imagine him being ready to contribute early in the season after missing all of camp. Eventually, though, Dickerson projects to be the top backup interior offensive lineman. He also has college experience playing at tackle.
In any event, it’s good news for the Eagles that both players are ready to start the season on the roster.