The Eagles announced a roster move on Thursday morning as the team signed linebacker Christian Elliss to the practice squad. To make room, the team released center Ross Pierschbacher from the practice squad.
The 6-3, 231-pound Elliss was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent this past spring out of Idaho. He was a first-team All-Big Sky selection in each of the past two seasons, including the 2021 spring campaign due to the fall season being wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. His final college game was just 12 days before the 2021 NFL Draft.
A starter in each of the past three years, Elliss posted a career-high 104 tackles as a junior in 2019, including a career-high 14 in a game against Portland State.
A native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Elliss' father, Luther, played defensive line in the NFL for nine seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Luther Elliss was a former first-round pick of the Lions in 1995 and is now Idaho's defensive line coach. Both of Christian Elliss' brothers played at Idaho, including Kaden who plays for the New Orleans Saints.