The Eagles will be without another starting member of the secondary for the rest of the season.
The team placed third-year cornerback Jalen Mills on Injured Reserve Saturday ahead of the showdown in Dallas. Rookie free agent defensive tackle Bruce Hector takes his place on the active roster, providing insurance as defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is questionable for tomorrow's game due to back spasms.
Mills suffered a foot injury in the win over Jacksonville in London on October 28 and has missed the last four games. He was already ruled out for tomorrow's game. In eight games, Mills had 50 tackles and 14 pass breakups. Last season, Mills had 86 tackles, 22 pass breakups, and three interceptions -- including a pick-six -- in his first full year as a starter. He added 15 more tackles and six pass breakups in the postseason. The biggest play of his career came in the Divisional Round when he covered wide receiver Julio Jones on fourth-and-goal and helped force an incomplete pass to seal the win.
With Mills sidelined, both starting corners (Ronald Darby) from Week 1 are on Injured Reserve as is safety Rodney McLeod. 2017 draft picks Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas are now the starters on the outside with Cre'Von LeBlanc in the slot.
Out of South Florida, Hector has played in six games this season and was on the practice squad for the other six. The 6-2, 296-pound interior lineman won a spot on the Week 1 active roster and played seven snaps in the win over Atlanta. His career high was 21 in the Carolina game. He's been on the practice squad for the last four contests. Hector has racked up 13 tackles, one for loss, and three QB pressures and hits.