Eagles to practice with open roster spot, only 7 defensive backs

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson.

The Eagles will practice Wednesday without cornerback Ronald Darby, safety Rodney McLeod, and cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins — leaving them with only seven healthy defensive backs on the 53-man roster. It’s unlikely any of the injured players will be back for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, making a roster move likely.

Yet the Eagles still haven’t filled an open spot on their roster.

“We haven’t made any decisions,” coach Doug Pederson said. “Obviously going to keep our eyes open. But we haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Poll

Should Isaac Seumalo keep his starting job at left guard?

Look for the Eagles to fill that spot in the next 24 hours to get him set for Thursday’s practice. One issue the Eagles are cognizant of is a league rule requiring them to keep a player for three weeks if that player is signed off another team’s practice squad. So there is a degree of long-term planning required even though the Eagles have a short-term need.

The Eagles tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off Chicago’s practice squad, but the Bears promoted him to the active roster. Houston-Carson was drafted when Joe Douglas was director of college scouting.