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Watkins Returns As Carroll Goes To IR

Posted Nov 27, 2015

The Eagles placed Nolan Carroll on Injured Reserve on Friday after the cornerback suffered a broken ankle in the Thanksgiving loss to Detroit. To take Carroll's place on the active roster, the team welcomed back former fourth-round pick Jaylen Watkins, who was signed off of Buffalo's practice squad.

A University of Florida product, Watkins appeared in 48 games during his college career, starting 28 of them. He racked up 133 tackles and four interceptions during his career as a Gator. After being drafted by the Eagles, Watkins played sparingly as a rookie in 2014. He was released by the Eagles after this year's Training Camp as the roster was trimmed down to 53 players. Now re-united with the Eagles, Watkins could face off with his older half-brother Sammy Watkins, when the Bills visit the Eagles in December.

The injury is unfortunate for Carroll, who won the outside starting cornerback job out of Training Camp after serving as the Eagles' dime backer during his first season in Philadelphia in 2014. He is currently tied for second on the Eagles with two interceptions on the season.

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