Philadelphia Eagles place Sidney Jones on reserve/non-football injury list

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive back Sidney Jones
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Defensive back Sidney Jones /

The Eagles officially place rookie cornerback Sidney Jones on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Okay, this one won’t really surprise anyone, but it’s newsworthy enough to garner a mention. The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced on the first day of September that they’d be placing rookie cornerback Sidney Jones on the team’s non-football injury list.

What that means is Jones, who started Philly’s most recent training camp on the active/non-football injury list, remains a member the team but doesn’t count toward one of the team’s roster spots. They’ll need to keep them open as they’ll continue to slim their roster. Friday, 16 players were given their walking players. The active roster now sports 70 members.

Another wave of cuts will follow on Saturday as that’s the deadline for Philly to meet the 53-man requirement.

The news hit us all Friday evening:

The lowdown on Jones:

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Jones was the 43rd-overall pick pf the 2017 NFL Draft despite the team’s knowledge that he’d probably be unable to play during the 2017 season. Being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list means he can’t participate in any games prior to week seven of the regular season.

Once week seven rolls around, the Eagles will reassess, and at that point, they’ll have two options. If they deem him healthy enough to start practicing, they’ll have 21 days to activate him to the 53-man roster. If they don’t do that, they’ll be allowed to keep him on the reserve/non-football injury list. That keeps him on the team without them having to use a roster spot to do so.

The belief is Jones won’t play at all in 2017, but stranger things have happened. Most are aware of his immense talent. During his time with the Washington Huskies, he played in 40 games. He accumulated 145 tackles during that time (105 were solo). Add eight interceptions, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries and you have a pretty good idea of how well rounded he was.

Philly may have a star in the making once he’s ready to play.