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Eagles activate Nakobe Dean from Injured Reserve

Nakobe Dean
Nakobe Dean

The Eagles made several roster moves ahead of Sunday's matchup with the New York Jets.

Activated LB Nakobe Dean from Injured Reserve

The starting linebacker suffered a foot injury in the season opener against the New England Patriots and has not played since.

He returned to practice this week and was a full participant on Friday.

The 5-foot-11, 231-pound Dean made his first career start in the win over the Patriots, notching seven total tackles.

The second-year player's role is instrumental not only because of his placement in the starting lineup, but he wears the green dot – relaying the playcalls from Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai.

Nicholas Morrow filled in on defense in Dean's absence.

Placed WR Quez Watkins on Injured Reserve

Dean takes the roster spot from Watkins, who was added to the injury report with a hamstring ailment on Friday and ruled out for Sunday's game.

Watkins missed two games with a hamstring injury – the team has not disclosed whether he reaggravated it in practice – and returned for the win over the Rams. Now, he will miss at least four games, which means he can return after the bye week against Kansas City on November 20.

Watkins has four catches for 21 yards this season.

Olamide Zacceheaus stepped up in Watkins' absence, hauling in three catches for 69 yards with a touchdown against the Buccaneers. Zaccheaus played 105 snaps in those two games on offense, but just 51 in the three other games.

Take a closer look at this week's practices as the Eagles prepare to travel up the turnpike to play the New York Jets.

Elevated WR Devon Allen, CB Mehki Garner from the practice squad

With Watkins out, Allen is elevated from the practice squad for the first time this season. Allen, a two-time Olympian, made his NFL debut in the Week 3 win over the Buccaneers, playing on special teams.

Garner is a 6-2, 212-pound rookie out of LSU. With Darius Slay out at cornerback as well as Justin Evans down at safety, Garner provides depth in the secondary. He is in line to make his NFL debut.

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