Wide receiver Chad Hall arrived on the team plane Friday afternoon with his hands full of Popeyes chicken for the rest of the receivers, a rite of passage for young players on the Eagles.
At the time, Hall wasn't officially on the 53-man active roster. The practice squad member made the trip - practice squad players don't typically travel - to San Francisco because the Eagles only had three healthy receivers, as Riley Cooper is sidelined this week due to symptoms from a concussion suffered against the Redskins.
Now, there's a chance that Hall will get his hands on the football as the 5-8, 187-pound receiver was indeed promoted to the 53-man active roster on Saturday. To make room for him, defensive end Antwan Barnes was released.
Hall was first signed by the Eagles in March after he fulfilled a two-year commitment to the Air Force. While at the Academy, he was the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 when he rushed for 1,478 yards, gained 524 yards as a receiver and finished with 2,683 all-purpose yards while scoring 16 total touchdowns.
In this year's training camp, Hall took reps as a receiver, running back and a return specialist. His experience as a running back is useful because LeSean McCoy is battling a rib injury, but is expected to play a "full game," per head coach Andy Reid. Hall could be counted upon to return as backup returner Jorrick Calvin is now the primary gunner with Cooper's absence.
It remains to be seen what impact Hall will have, but Hall was one of the best stories from training camp and the preseason. Another chapter is simply being added to the tale.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:10 p.m., October 9