Eagles sign former running back to practice squad, place receiver on Reserve/COVID-19 list
The Philadelphia Eagles are bringing back a familiar face to their running backs room. They announced yesterday that they are bringing back Kerryon Johnson to their practice squad, as well as center Luke Juriga.
Johnson signed with the team this past offseason but was cut from the roster during training camp.
During his short stint with the Eagles, Johnson suffered a knee injury, becoming the odd man out in the running backs rotation. Between Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell, there was honestly no reason to keep him around.
Shortly after he departed from Philadelphia, the 49ers signed Johnson to their practice squad but they released him just a few weeks later.
Injuries have begun to haunt Eagles running backs ahead of a crucial divisional matchup on the road against the Washington Football Team. Miles Sanders suffered a broken hand against the Giants on Sunday and is ruled out this week. Jordan Howard left early as well with a stinger. Howard should be good to go, as stingers are often minor injuries, but signing Johnson could indicate that it’s more severe than expected.
Even with those two out, bringing back Johnson on the practice squad is an emergency move. Boston Scott and Kenny Gainwell will be good to go for Sunday, and Johnson won’t see the field unless one goes down with an injury before the game.
As for Jordan Howard, we will have a better idea about his availability when the Eagles release their first injury report tomorrow afternoon.
In other news, practice squad receiver John Hightower was added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list this afternoon. Hightower is the 9th player to be placed on the list, joining Derek Barnett, Andre Dillard, and others. With the new COVID rules, Hightower could be cleared by Sunday if he is asymptomatic.
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