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Philadelphia Eagles Sign Safety Keelan Johnson to 53-man Roster, Emmanuel Acho to Practice Squad

December 18th, 2013 at 7:22 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Eagles are making moves due to injuries in their secondary. The Eagles signed safety Keelan Johnson to the 53-man roster on Tuesday after releasing linebacker Emmanuel Acho to make room on the roster for Johnson.

Axel.Foley / Foter / CC BY-NC

Photo credit: Axel.Foley / Foter / CC BY-NC

The signing is a promotion for Johnson who was originally on the practice squad. Johnson went undrafted in this years draft and was signed by the Miami Dolphins. After being released by the Dolphins at the end of the preseason, the Eagles signed Johnson to the practice squad.

The Eagles had to make a move due to injuries to three of their safeties. Earl Wolff has a knee injury that forced him to miss the past four games. However, Wolff has returned to practice and is expected to return for their game against the Chicago Bears. Safeties Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman were injured this past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Anderson has a knee injury and Coleman has a hamstring injury. Both have missed practice this week.

In order to free up a spot on the 53-man roster for Johnson, the Eagles had to release a player. That player was linebacker Emmanuel Acho. He originally made the team, but was released when the Eagles claimed and signed linebacker Najee Goode. The Eagle re-signed Acho in late October. 

The Eagles re-signed Acho again today, but this time it is sending him to the practice squad. Acho played in six games for the Eagles on both defense and special teams this season.

Tags: Emmanuel Acho, Football, Injuries, Keelan Johnson, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, safety, secondary

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