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Torn ACL For LB Phillips; LB Long Signed

Posted Jul 29, 2013

LB Jason Phillips

For the second time in Training Camp, the Eagles have lost a player to a torn ACL.

On Monday, linebacker Jason Phillips suffered the same fate delivered to Jeremy Maclin a few days earlier as he went down with a torn right ACL. The 27-year-old Phillips was signed early on in free agency by the Eagles to contribute as an inside linebacker while excelling as a special teams standout. Phillips spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, where he recorded 17 tackles.

The Eagles placed Phillips on Injured Reserve on Monday and signed rookie free agent linebacker Travis Long. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Long earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors last year as he registered 61 tackles, 12 for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 11 games before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Long was named the Cougars' defensive MVP and presented the Laurie Niemi Award, which is given to the senior who best shows courage and attitude.

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2009, Phillips' rookie season was also ended in Training Camp when he suffered a left knee injury.

Cornerback Brandon Hughes also left Monday's practice with a hamstring injury.

Five players did not practice for the Eagles on Monday: offensive lineman Todd Herremans (knee), wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee), wide receiver B.J. Cunningham (foot), cornerback Cary Williams (hamstring) and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (hamstring).

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