The Eagles are changing kickers. The team is expected to sign Caleb Sturgis, according to a league source. The move is not yet official. They will place Cody Parkey on injured reserve with a groin injury, according to NFL.com.
Parkey injured his leg before the Eagles’ 24-17 win over the Jets on Sunday, coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly claimed it was a “new injury.” Parkey made a 30-yard field goal and three extra points on Sunday, but he struggled on his kickoffs. Parkey has had problems all summer. He missed the last two preseason games because of the groin injury after misfiring on kicks in the first two preseason games.
Parkey also pushed a potential game-winning field goal wide right in the season opener, but he said after the game it was unrelated to the injury.
The Eagles worked out multiple kickers on Monday. Kelly downplayed the workouts and called them “precautionary.” Apparently, caution was needed.
In Sturgis, the Eagles get a 25-year old who kicked the past two seasons for the Miami Dolphins. Sturgis, a 2013 fifth-round pick, was 55 of 71 (77.5 percent) for the Dolphins with touchbacks on 47.2 percent of his kickoffs.
The Florida product was 2 for 2 on field goals in the preseason, including a 49-yarder. Sturgis missed time during the summer when he injured his quadriceps during a team-organized kickball game.