The Eagles have re-signed defensive tackle Derek Landri to a one-year deal and placed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon on the injured reserve list with a torn triceps.
Landri (6-2, 290) spent the 2011 preseason with the Eagles, but was released as part of the team’s final roster cutdown. He is entering his fifth NFL season after spending the first four years of his career in Jacksonville (2007-09) and Carolina (2009-10).
Landri started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010, posting 43 tackles and three sacks after being acquired by the team off waivers from Jacksonville late in the season.
Originally a fifth round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2007, Landri starred at Notre Dame as a nose guard, recording 10.5 sacks and 161 tackles.
Landri had a strong training camp and preseason. In fact, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman compared him to Paul Grasmanis, another undersized former Notre Dame DT who became a useful player for the Birds. But at the end of the preseason, it didn't seem there would be a regular role for Landri, and rather than spend money on a veteran who wouldn't be active most weeks, the Birds opted to keep former CFL star Phillip Hunt, a first-year NFL defensive end.
The situation has changed with Dixon's injury. The Eagles came out of the San Fracncisco loss with just three healthy DTs, so Landry seems very likely to be active in Buffalo this week.
In the preseason, he seemed capable of generating a pass rush, but he didn't seem to have run-stopping bulk, which would seem to be a critical need for the Eagles right now.