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Roster Moves: Eagles elevate S Blake Countess and CB Jameson Houston from the practice squad for Sunday's game

The Eagles elevated two players from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's game in Arizona – safety Blake Countess and cornerback Jameson Houston. Earlier in the day, the Eagles announced that three players would not travel with the team to Arizona – defensive back Grayland Arnold (hamstring), running back Jason Huntley (illness), and cornerback Darius Slay (concussion).

Here is a look at the 10 players who are available in the secondary for Sunday's game: Countess, Marcus Epps, Rudy Ford, Houston, Michael Jacquet, Jalen Mills, Elijah Riley, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Kevon Seymour, and K'Von Wallace.

Countess was signed to the Eagles' practice squad on Wednesday. A sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2016 out of Auburn, Countess returned in the 2019 offseason, but was waived with an injury settlement during Training Camp. He signed with the New York Jets where he played six games last season.

The 5-10, 191-pound Countess signed with the Rams shortly after being released by the Eagles at the end of his rookie Training Camp. In three seasons with the Rams, Countess played in 37 games (4 starts) and amassed 39 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack on defense.

In 2018, Countess led the Rams with five special teams tackles and was also the primary kickoff returner averaging 24.6 yards per return. Countess has scored two touchdowns in his NFL career, both off blocked punts. His first one came against the Eagles in 2017. In Week 3 of the 2018 campaign, Countess earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for recovering a blocked punt in the end zone against the Chargers.

Houston was signed to the practice squad on November 25 and was elevated for last week's win over the Saints, playing four snaps on special teams in his NFL debut.

The 5-11, 200-pound Houston is a rookie free agent out of Baylor. He signed with the Cleveland Browns following the draft and was waived in August. He quickly landed with the Carolina Panthers – and his former college coach Matt Rhule – and remained there until the final roster cutdown.

An All-Big 12 honorable mention by the coaches in 2019, Houston started all 14 games at cornerback and finished the year with 44 tackles, eight pass breakups, and one interception. The Austin, Texas native was also a state champion in the 200-meter dash in high school.

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