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Eagles safety Justin Evans to stay on IR for the rest of the 2023 season

The practice window for Eagles former starting safety Justin Evans has officially closed, and he’ll revert to IR for the remainder of the year.

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The Eagles should start getting some injured guys back over the next few weeks, but one guy that won’t be returning is safety Justin Evans. According to reports, Evans’ 21-day practice window ended, so he’ll revert back to IR for the remainder of the season.

Evans was a bit of a surprise to earn a starting spot in Week 1 of the season, but at a position with little veteran experience, he was able to embrace the role. The safety played in just four games for the Eagles before being sidelined with a knee injury, recording 15 total tackles and one forced fumble and recover.

His practice window opened on Nov. 14, but was only able to return to one practice as a limited participant before again being sidelined. Head coach Nick Sirianni was asked about Evans’ progress last week, and he noted that the safety was working really hard to get back, but there was no new information about his injury status.

Now, with Evans on IR, there are three true safeties left on the active roster: Kevin Byard, Reed Blankenship, and rookie Sydney Brown. The three have been doing a good job, but having Evans back would’ve provided a little bit of depth down the stretch.

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