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Parkey And Gardner Placed On IR


On Tuesday morning, the Eagles placed kicker Cody Parkey (groin) and offensive lineman Andrew Gardner (foot) on Injured Reserve. To replace Parkey, the Eagles signed kicker Caleb Sturgis to the active roster, and Julian Vandervelde was signed to provide depth on the offensive line.

After setting an NFL rookie record with 150 points in his rookie season, Parkey injured his leg before Sunday's win over New York, according to head coach Chip Kelly. Parkey connected on a 30-yard field goal during the game, but it was clear on some of his kickoffs that he was not 100 percent. He also dealt with a groin injury during the 2015 preseason, but according to Kelly, this injury was separate.

Sturgis, 26 years old, was originally a fifth-round pick by the Miami Dolphins out of the University of Florida in 2013. Sturgis' 70 made field goals while with the Gators is a school record. An All-America selection in 2012, Sturgis' 340 career points where the third most in school history, and the 11th most in SEC history.

In two seasons with the Dolphins, he made 55 of his 71 field goal attempts while hitting all 74 extra point tries. He had reportedly worked out with the New Orleans Saints earlier in the season after being released by the Dolphins heading into the season opener.

Gardner, who won the starting right guard job during the preseason, injured his foot during the second quarter against the Jets. In signing Vandervelde, the Eagles bring back a familiar face.

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