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Game Status Update: Eagles elevate DT T.Y. McGill and G Sua Opeta; downgrade DE Derek Barnett and RB Miles Sanders to out

The Eagles made a series of roster moves ahead of the team's departure to face the Washington Football Team.

First, the Eagles elevated defensive tackle T.Y. McGill and guard Sua Opeta from the practice squad. The new roster rules for 2020 allow for teams to call up two players from the practice squad and expand the active roster to 55 players.

McGill and Opeta will be automatically sent back to the practice squad without having to be placed on waivers first on Monday. However, a team can only do that with a player twice. After two times, a player must sign an active roster contract and be counted against the 53.

What should also be noted is that the number of active players on gameday increases to 48 players from 46 as long as teams have at least eight offensive linemen active. Otherwise, teams can make 47 players active.

Offensive tackle Lane Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave is out with pectoral and hamstring injuries. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is out with a foot injury.

McGill was with the Eagles in 2018, playing in two games. The 6-0, 299-pound McGill also played in regular-season games for the Colts, Browns, and, most recently, the Chargers. He was signed to the practice squad earlier this week. Opeta, a rookie free agent signing of the Eagles in 2019, was promoted to the active roster during his first NFL season, but never played in a game.

The Eagles also downgraded defensive end Derek Barnett (hamstring) and running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) from questionable to out. Vinny Curry is expected to start at defensive end opposite Brandon Graham, while Boston Scott said on Friday that he was prepared for an expanded role with Sanders injured. Good news is that running back Corey Clement was a full participant on Friday and not included on the game status report. The Eagles also have rookie Jason Huntley, who was claimed last week off waivers from Detroit.

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