With Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery both questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle, the Eagles promoted wide receiver Greg Ward from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday. To make room for Ward, the Eagles placed safety Rudy Ford on Injured Reserve.
Ward is a 5-11, 190-pound receiver who can play in the slot, which is Agholor's primary position. Agholor suffered a knee injury trying to haul in a fourth-down catch in the back of the end zone in last Sunday's game against New England. He did not practice all week. Jeffery, meanwhile, was a limited participant this week in practice, his first on-field work since injuring his ankle in the Week 9 win over the Bears.
Even if the Eagles don't need Ward at receiver, he can chip in on special teams. He was promoted to the active roster for the Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions and made one special teams tackle in his NFL debut. Ward had six catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in the 2019 preseason. He has spent time in each of the past three seasons on the team's practice squad.
The Eagles acquired Ford in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals on August 22. Ford had five special teams tackles as a gunner in his first season with the team. He suffered an abdominal injury this week in practice and was ruled out for the game on Friday.
The third-year player out of Auburn was utilized as a third safety in the team's big nickel package last Sunday against New England, which allowed safety Rodney McLeod to play closer to the line of scrimmage. Ford recorded three tackles on 15 defensive snaps, both season highs. Avonte Maddox has corner/safety versatility. Rookie safety Marcus Epps just made his Eagles debut against New England. The Eagles will have reinforcements at linebacker with the return of Nigel Bradham, who missed four games with an ankle injury.