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Eagles Add TE Lawrie, Release TE Rucker

The Eagles made a roster move to beef up the tight end ranks as the released tight end Martin Rucker and signed free agent tight end Nate Lawrie.

Lawrie, 28, came into the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004. He's also spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals, though he did not play last season. In his six-year career, Lawrie, 6-6. 255, has totaled four catches for 43 yards.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Buccaneers. He was also a member of the Eagles practice squad for the first two weeks of the 2004 season.

Lawrie holds a degree in political science from Yale, where he caught 72 passes as a senior. The Indianapolis, IN, native most recently was a member of the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.

Rucker incurred a hamstring injury several days ago in camp, leaving the team with three tight ends to take practice reps. But Cornelius Ingram is coming off two consecutive years lost to knee surgery and is therefore being worked slowly back into game shape. Ingram didn't practice Sunday and Rucker only participated in the install portion of practice, which left the team with two tight ends, Brent Celek and Clay Harbor, to split the reps for all three offensive units.

Rucker joined the Eagles as a practice squad player during week 3 of the 2009 regular season after getting released by the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft. Rucker was promoted to the Eagles' active roster in week 14 and finished the season on the active roster, though he was inactive in each game.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 7:00 a.m., August 9

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