The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have signed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon to a two-year contract and placed quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve with a broken right hand. The team also signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin to the practice squad.
Dixon, 6-3, 322, played in two games for the Indianapolis Colts this season but was released on October 29. Prior to his time in Indianapolis, he spent three seasons in Philadelphia (2009-11) after originally signing with the Washington Redskins as a rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. While with the Eagles, Dixon played in 35 games (10 starts) and recorded 62 tackles and three sacks. He was named to USA Today's 2010 All-Joe Team, which honors the NFL players whose work doesn't necessarily garner headlines, but is integral to the success of their football teams.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox suffered a concussion during the Eagles' 27-20 loss last Sunday, so Dixon could have a chance to play in the regular season finale against the New York Giants.
Dowtin, 6-2, 226, recorded four special teams tackles in three games for the New York Jets this season after being elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on October 17. He was waived by the team on November 20. Dowtin was originally signed by the club as a rookie free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He played three seasons at Georgia before transferring to North Alabama for his senior season. During his collegiate career, he played in 47 games and amassed 246 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles. A native of Upper Marlboro, MD, Dowtin attended Fork Union Military Academy where he was a high school standout.
Dixon will wear No. 90 and Dowtin will wear No. 96.