Philadelphia Eagles announce return of two fan favorites

Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles get the legend back for one more run, maybe.

Well, this is interesting. It appears that Philadelphia Eagles fans are getting an unexpected and late Christmas present. In a move that we weren’t sure of but thought might happen, the Birds sent a few ripples through the NFL’s waters by announcing on the eve of their Week 16 rematch with the Dallas Cowboys that the legend, DeSean Jackson, will be active for their game versus that team from Texas.

The news came via the official team website on Saturday at about lunchtime on the East Coast. Also, they’ll be elevating another fan favorite, running back Jordan Howard and the very talented Joe Ostman from the practice squad to the active roster.

Some may question whether or not any of these moves mean anything. Others may question whether or not the term ‘fan-favorite’ applies to D-Jax and Howard. There’s been some talk among the fan base that sitting 10 and letting the new guys get the experience is the better bet. There are also still some questions about whether or not re-acquiring the latter after his release from the Miami Dolphins made any sense.

The argument can be made that Philly’s acquisition of Jay Ajayi back on November 15th a season ago felt like a better decision, but you see how that turned out.

Here are a few other nuggets if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Philly released their status report for the Cowboys game on Christmas. Duke Riley, Richard Rodgers, Kevon Seymour, Josh Sweat, and Fletcher Cox all sat out of Friday’s practice session. Derek Barnett and punter Cameron Johnston were both limited. Grayland Arnold, Jason Huntley, Jalen Reagor, and Darius Slay have been question marks all week as well, but all were full participants on Friday and look to be a go.

You love to see that Slay is back with all of those receivers that the Cowboys have. That’s good news. The bad news is Derek Barnett didn’t travel with the team on Saturday due to that calf issue and is out for Week 16’s game. That explains the Ostman elevation. In corresponding moves, the Eagles have also placed Josh Sweat and Kevon Seymour on the injured reserve.

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We’ll have to see if Jackson, Howard, and Ostman get any significant snaps in Week 16. Philly does indeed need all hands on deck as they’ll be playing to keep their playoff hopes alive at the same time that the Washington Football Team will be looking to clinch a division title for the first time since RGIII was on the team and Kirk Cousins made “You Like That” a household phrase in 2015.