By David George
On Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles agreed to terms with kicker Jake Elliott from the Bengals’ practice squad and placed kicker Caleb Sturgis on Injured Reserve.
Elliott was the Bengals’ fifth-round pick in 2017. He attended Memphis where he connected on 81-of-104 field goal attempts as well as 202 consecutive PATs. As a Tiger, Elliott was named an All-America in 2015 and set the school record with a 56-yard field goal that beat out the previous mark set by Patriots’ All-Pro kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Western Springs, Illinois native finished ninth all time in NCAA FBS scoring and earned two AAC Special Teams Player of the Year awards from 2014-15.
Sturgis suffered a hip injury in Sunday’s win over Washington. If he is healthy, he would be eligible to practice after six weeks which is when the Eagles prepare to face San Francisco on October 29. He could then rejoin the active roster during the bye week for the final seven games of the regular season.
The NFL passed a rule this offseason allowing teams the option to activate two players from the Injured Reserve list after eight weeks where it was previously only one. Unlike prior years, teams don’t need to identify players as designated to return at the time they are placed on Injured Reserve. They designated as such when they return to practice.