With Arryn Siposs placed on Injured Reserve after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the New York Giants and with safety Reed Blankenship rehabbing from a knee injury in the game, the Eagles on Tuesday made some moves to bolster the roster for this week's game in Chicago, and beyond.
• The team signed former Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern to the practice squad, understanding that Siposs won't be able to punt this week against the Bears after he was placed on Injured Reserve. Kern is a veteran who has seen just about every situation in his 14 seasons in the NFL. Kern joined the league as a non-drafted rookie in 2008 from the University of Toledo, signing with Denver. He was with the Broncos until October, 2009 when he was released and claimed by Tennessee off waivers. In 13 seasons with the Titans, Kern averaged 45.9 yards per punt and was voted to the Pro Bowl from 2017-19. He was named a second-team All-Pro in 2017 and a first-team All-Pro in 2019.
"Brett's been a veteran punter for a long time, a really good punter for a long time in Tennessee," Special Teams Coordinator Michael Clay said. "Very fortunate that he was not on an active roster right now. Having Brett being a veteran guy who is also a very good holder out there, has been in some playoff games in terms of his career. You guys have seen his accolades. He's a very good punter. Kudos to Howie (Roseman) and his staff for being able to be quick on it and get him on board."
• The Eagles also signed veteran safety Anthony Harris to the practice squad. Harris, of course, joined the Eagles in 2021 after playing with Minnesota from 2015 through the 2020 campaigns. Harris was released from the practice squad just before the start of this regular season when the Eagles traded for safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, and Harris then spent a few weeks in Denver with the Broncos in 2022.
"Obviously, we're down a couple of guys. He knows our system. His football character is through the roof," Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon said of Harris. "We'll get him up to speed, see where he's at, and get him going."
• The Eagles released wide receiver Auden Tate and safety Marquise Blair from the practice squad.