The Eagles announced on Tuesday that they have activated a 21-day practice window for cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc, who was placed on Injured Reserve on September 2 with a foot injury he suffered early in Training Camp. Each team can designate two players to return from their Injured Reserve list. LeBlanc is the first player to be designated by the Eagles this season.
The Eagles have 21 days from now – technically, they have until Day 22 – Tuesday, December 17 at 4 p.m. – to determine whether to add LeBlanc to the active roster or keep him on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the 2019 season. The Eagles currently have an open roster spot.
The fourth-year cornerback was claimed off waivers by the Eagles from Detroit in Week 10 of last season. He was immediately thrust into a key role as the team's nickel cornerback. In eight regular-season games (four starts), LeBlanc totaled 32 tackles, one for loss, and five pass breakups in 351 snaps. In the playoffs, LeBlanc added 11 tackles and an interception of quarterback Drew Brees in the NFC Divisional Round matchup on the Saints' first play from scrimmage. He was rewarded for his stellar play down the stretch with a one-year contract extension in September through 2020.
The 25-year-old LeBlanc adds to a secondary that has been fortified in recent weeks with the returns of Ronald Darby, Avonte Maddox, and Jalen Mills. The Eagles' defense has allowed 17 points or fewer in four consecutive games for the first time since 2009. As Fran Duffy posted in his Eagle Eye in the Sky column on Monday night, the Eagles lead the entire NFL in allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete just 53.2 percent of their pass attempts in the month of November. The Eagles have allowed fewer than 225 passing yards in five straight games.