Looking to add depth to the defensive line rotation ahead of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, the Eagles promoted defensive tackle Bruce Hector from the practice squad to the active roster on Friday. To make room for him, wide receiver Kamar Aiken was released.
A rookie free agent out of South Florida, Hector made the 53-man roster out of Training Camp and played in the first four games. The 6-2, 296-pound defensive tackle had one stop in 18 snaps, while also contributing on special teams. He was waived on October 2, but brought back to the practice squad
Destiny Vaeao started three games this season, including the Week 6 win over the Giants, but was Waived/Injured on Tuesday. Haloti Ngata missed the last two games with a calf injury. He has been limited in practice this week.
Before the addition of Hector, Fletcher Cox and Treyvon Hester were the only defensive tackles who were not on the injury report. Of course, Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett can slide from end to tackle if needed.
The Carolina Panthers rank fourth in the league in rushing yards per game (139.4) and sixth in rushing yards per play (5.0) entering Week 7 with Christian McCaffrey at running back and Cam Newton at quarterback.
Fran Duffy's Eagle Eye in the Sky column highlights the challenges that the Panthers' run game will present on Sunday.