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C Vandervelde Re-Signed; OL Smith Released


While the Eagles may be in the middle of the team's bye week, business is still conducted at the NovaCare Complex and, as such, the Eagles made a change to the makeup of their offensive line Tuesday. Offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, a fifth-round pick of the Eagles in the 2011 NFL Draft, re-signed with the Eagles Tuesday after returning to health from a back injury that resulted in his release this summer. Vandervelde has played in 16 games for the Eagles since he joined the NFL and was the primary backup center last season.

In order to make room on the roster for Vandervelde, the Eagles released veteran offensive lineman Wade Smith, who joined the team in Week 3.

The Eagles, of course, have been beset by injuries to the offensive line this season, with center Jason Kelce and left guard Evan Mathis currently on the shelf.

Vandervelde joins Jason Peters, Matt Tobin, David Molk, Todd Herremans, Lane Johnson, Andrew Gardner and Dennis Kelly as healthy lineman on the active roster.

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