The Eagles have designated tight end Richard Rodgers to return from injured reserve, which means they have just one more designated return to go.
Rodgers (knee) has been cleared to practice and will begin a 21-day practice period during which he won’t count against the active roster. After those 21 days, the Eagles must add Rodgers to the 53-man roster or send him to the IR for the rest of the year. Unless there’s a setback, he’ll be back on the roster.
Perhaps more importantly, though, is that this leaves the Eagles just one more spot for either Mack Hollins or Mike Wallace to return from IR. Those were the three candidates.
We now know only one of those two receivers will be able to return this season.
Because of that, it’s a little surprising that Rodgers has been designated for return. Perhaps the Eagles know something about one of the remaining two the rest of us don’t.
Hollins has missed all season with a groin injury, while Wallace fractured his fibula the second week of the season. Just last week, Wallace was seen in the locker room with a boot still on his foot.
Rodgers hurt his knee in the preseason game against New England and was placed on IR Sept. 4. He has been working on a side field with trainers during recent practices.
The way the rule works is that the Eagles don’t have to designate which players will return when they go on IR. That changed a few years ago. Now, they designate them when they’re close to returning.
Some folks have asked about Tim Jernigan, but he’s not on injured reserve. Jernigan is on the Non-football Injury list, so when he returns to the 53-man roster, he won’t take up one of these two spots. His 21-day practice window is already underway.
In other tight end news, the Eagles signed TE Will Tye to their practice squad and released TE Billy Brown from the practice squad.
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