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Eagles make two roster moves ahead of Buccaneers playoff game

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The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced two roster moves ahead of their wild card Monday Night Football playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An overview:

  • S Tristin McCollum and DB Mekhi Garner were temporarily elevated from the practice squad.

Note: teams can temporarily promote practice squad players up to three times in the regular season and an unlimited number of times in the postseason.

Let’s sort through this news on a player-by-player basis.


TRISTIN MCCOLLUM

Reed Blankenship is questionable to play after not practicing all week. He’s been described as a game-time decision.

And so the Eagles had only one healthy safety on the active roster: Kevin Byard. Nickel cornerback Avonte Maddox was also said to be taking safety reps.

The Eagles elevating McCollum gives them more depth at safety. They had recently been calling McCollum up for special teams contributions anyway.

It’s cool for Tristin that he’ll be active for this game against his twin brother, Bucs cornerback Zyon McCollum.

MEKHI GARNER

When the Eagles were navigating multiple safety injuries earlier this year, they were calling up Garner for emergency depth purposes. That’ll be the case here again.

The Eagles elevating both McCollum AND Garner might indicate Blankenship isn’t going to be able to play. Or they might just be investing in extra depth since they can.

MOVES NOT MADE

A little interesting that the Eagles opted not to open a roster spot by putting Sydner Brown (torn ACL) on injured reserve. They could’ve signed McCollum or Garner to the roster and then used a remaining practice squad elevation on a wide receiver since A.J. Brown isn’t going to play. Instead, the Eagles will enter this game with DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Julio Jones, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Britain Covey at WR. Perhaps the decision not to do that signals that DeVonta and Covey (who appeared on this week’s injury report) are truly healthy.

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