Philadelphia Eagles protect Jordan Howard, 3 others ahead of 1st game

Boston Scott #35, Jordan Howard #24, and Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Boston Scott #35, Jordan Howard #24, and Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Though there’s never been a reason to do so, and even though everyone’s split on what to expect from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021, no one would ever accuse this proud franchise of being lazy. A very busy Thursday leading up to their first regular-season game proves that.

All three coordinators, Jonathan Gannon, Michael Clay, and Shane Steichen, all spoke with the media as did several players. Philly also made decisions on six players and dropped another injury report.

Take a look at Thursday’s injury report. Let’s get you caught up on everything else if you missed the news.

Philadelphia Eagles shuffle roster and protect four practice squad players.

According to an official team statement, one that came at around lunchtime on the East Coast, the Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of linebacker Christian Elliss to their practice squad. Center Ross Pierschbacher was released from the practice squad in a subsequent move.

We’ve also learned, thanks to Mike Kaye of, that the Birds have made a decision on the four players that they intend to protect ahead of game one versus the Atlanta Falcons. Safety Elijah Riley, wide receiver John Hightower, running back Jordan Howard, and offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark are now off limits to any of the other 31 teams that may have been interested in poaching them from Philly’s roster, for a week at least.

As Kaye states, you also have to consider the fact that “two of the four will get the bump to the game-day roster this weekend”.

Perhaps Howard finds his way to the active roster this weekend? The Eagles only have three running backs on the 53-man squad, and they’re all smallish (Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell).

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Howard isn’t exactly a jackhammer or a workhorse, and he’s deteriorated beyond measure. This team seems to still be in love with him though. We’ve also seen him line up as the up back on kickoffs from time to time. That normally indicates a roster spot.

Keep your eyes peeled. Philadelphia may very well shuffle the roster one or two more times before Week 1’s game kicks off.