Mike Wallace just received a nice gift for the holidays.
The Eagles activated the wide receiver from Injured Reserve on Monday afternoon. That's not the only roster move the team made as Philadelphia promoted cornerback Josh Hawkins from the practice squad. To make room for Wallace and Hawkins, the team waived cornerbacks De'Vante Bausby and Chandon Sullivan.
Wallace signed a one-year deal with the Eagles this past offseason after stints in Pittsburgh, Miami, Minnesota, and Baltimore. He suffered a fractured fibula in the Week 2 game against Tampa Bay. An explosive big-play threat, Wallace is one of only two active players to have at least 500 career receptions and 50 receiving touchdowns, while averaging at least 15 yards per catch.
In the past two games, the Eagles have had 11 pass plays of 20 yards or more. They had 41 in the previous 13 contests. Head coach Doug Pederson hinted at Wallace's return during his Monday press conference.
"Mike Wallace is getting better, too. I will tell that you Mike will entertain some more individual reps, Wednesday, Thursday, and see where he's at moving forward," Pederson said.
Wallace is the second player the Eagles have brought back from Injured Reserve, meaning that any player who is on the list must remain there for the rest of the season.
The 5-10, 189-pound Hawkins was signed to the Eagles' practice squad on December 11. He was previously on the Panthers' active roster and played in five games this year, mostly on special teams. A rookie free agent of the Green Bay Packers in 2016 out of East Carolina, Hawkins played in 26 games and started three contests in his first two NFL seasons, recording 43 tackles, seven pass breakups, and a forced fumble.