Philadelphia Eagles activate Alex Singleton from COVID-19 list

Alex Singleton #49, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Alex Singleton #49, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The band isn’t totally back together yet for the Philadelphia Eagles, but the drummer’s shown up, the lead singer is here, and there are a few guitarists walking around. At the time of this story being written and published, Rodney McLeod is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and rookie interior offensive lineman Landon Dickerson is on Philly’s Non-Football Injury list.

Good news came on August’s first Saturday though as it was announced that Alex Singleton was activated from the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list. Matt Leo remains there as the only guy on the list. Le’Raven Clark, like McLeod, is on the team’s PUP. Nate Meadors in on the injured reserve, but no one is disappointed that a fan favorite and one of Philadelphia’s obvious building blocks on defense is back onto the practice squad.

The Philadelphia Eagles should expect another fine season from Alex Singleton in 2021.

It’s been a long road to this point for Singleton. After going undrafted in 2015, the Seattle Seahawks took a flier on him, but was released in September of that year. That led to stops with the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings before he wound up in the CFL. That’s where the Philadelphia Eagles took notice.

Alex spent 2016 through the 2018 season with the Calgary Stampeders. He was named as a CFL All-Star and a CFL West All-Star in 2017 and 2018. He was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2017. The argument can be made that he was one of Philly’s most outstanding defensive players in 2020 as he gave all that he had on every play during a very forgettable campaign.

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He’s been quoted as saying that he wants to break the Eagles’ single-season record for tackles, currently held by the late, great Reggie White. The Minister of Defense logged 133 total tackles and 18 sacks in 1988.

Singleton may see his snap count decrease some with the addition of Eric Wilson, but with the 17th game, even if Alex doesn’t topple Reggie White in the record books, he should have a nice number of stops come the end of the 2021-2022 regular season. He should be fun to watch in his second year with the Eagles.