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DE/OLB McCoy Added; OT Bell Released

Posted Feb 6, 2013

The Eagles announced Wednesday that they have signed linebacker Chris McCoy, who most recently registered 3.0 sacks for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League before suffering a mid-season knee injury.

The team also released offensive tackle Demetress Bell, who was signed last offseason. Bell, 28, was signed in the aftermath of Jason Peters' Achilles injury last spring, but was beaten out for the starting left tackle job in Training Camp by King Dunlap. Bell ended up starting five games for the Eagles in 2012.

McCoy, 6-3, 261, is coming off of a two-year stint (2011-12) with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, where he registered 29 tackles and 5.0 sacks. He recorded 3.0 sacks for the Stampeders in 2012 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. McCoy recently indicated that his rehab is "moving at a fast pace."

McCoy was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft and spent his rookie season on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans. He then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 offseason, but was released prior to the season opener.

McCoy, 26, is a native of Valla Rica, GA and played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State, where he was the Sun Belt Co-Defensive Player of the year in 2009. Overall, he played in 45 games with the Blue Raiders and compiled 107 tackles and 11.0 sacks.

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