The Eagles announced on Tuesday that tight end Richard Rodgers was designated to return from the Injured Reserve list and may begin a 21-day practice period. He does not currently count against the active roster during the practice window, which began today. Rodgers is the only player the Eagles placed on Injured Reserve who has been designated for return. Under league rules, the team may name one additional eligible player who has been placed on Injured Reserve as designated to return.
Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the August 16 preseason game against the New England Patriots and was placed on Injured Reserve on September 4. Rodgers missed at least six weeks since going on Injured Reserve, making him eligible to return to practice, and at least eight games since going on Injured Reserve, making him eligible to return to the active roster. The Eagles must put him on the active roster by 4 p.m. on the day after the end of the 21-day practice window or keep Rodgers on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the year.
Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, the former third-round pick has 120 career receptions for 1,166 yards, and 13 touchdowns in 63 regular-season games (24 starts).