Eagles bring back veteran receiver Markus Wheaton in time for Week 1


In need of receiver depth, the Eagles brought back Markus Wheaton on Tuesday morning. 

The veteran receiver didn’t make the initial 53-man roster, but without Alshon Jeffery and with Mack Hollins’ health in question, the Eagles made a move to bring back an experienced veteran. 

To make room for Wheaton on the roster, the Eagles put tight end Richard Rodgers on IR. Rodgers has a knee injury and was considered “week to week” by Doug Pederson. Rodgers had been seen the last couple of weeks with a heavy brace on his knee. The Eagles will go with Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins for now at tight end. Rodgers could still return later in the season. 

Wheaton, 27, was having a good training camp early, but then hurt his hamstring and missed considerable time. He returned for the final week of practice in the preseason and played in the fourth preseason game before getting cut. 

Wheaton’s last good NFL season came in 2015, when he caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns. In the two years since, he has seven catches for 102 yards. Injuries have had a lot to do with his drop in production. 

The Eagles on Tuesday also made another smaller roster move. They added Joe Walker to the practice squad and cut Asantay Brown from the practice squad. Walker was waived after the team claimed D.J. Alexander from the Seahawks this weekend. 

The Eagles will practice on Tuesday, have a walkthrough Wednesday and will start their season when they host the Falcons on Thursday night. 

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