Just about everyone figured that the 53-man roster the Eagles announced Saturday, heavy on wide receivers and quarterbacks, light on defensive tackles and tight ends, would not be the roster for the season opener a week from today at Carolina. That's already official, with a team source confirming this afternoon that the Eagles have released A.J. Feeley to make room for defensive tackle Antonio Dixon.
The Birds wanted to trade the 32-year-old backup quarterback, who had an excellent preseason, and probably won't be out of work long. But it's hard to get NFL teams to give up something for a player they don't think you can afford to keep, and that was the situation with the Eagles and Feeley, who could not be reached for comment Sunday.
With the addition of Dixon, an undrafted Miami University rookie released by the Redskins, dropping Feeley will not mean that Michael Vick comes off the exempt list and onto the active roster, even though Vick emphasized after Thursday's preseason finale that being able to practice during his two-week suspension would be "very, very important" to sharpening his skills.
Dixon, meanwhile, has overcome a lot of obstacles. Here is a link to A USA Today story about him, written when he was in college. It tells of his imprisoned father, and of how Antonio couldn't read until he was in high school.
The team also announced four additions to the practice squad, all players who were cut Saturday. They are WR Danny Amendola, OL Paul Fanaika and Mike Gibson, and TE Rob Myers. That leaves four spots, which should be filled on Monday.