LeBlanc gets extension, lands on IR
Cornerback battling foot injury gets 1-year deal before roster move
PHILADELPHIA – Sidelined since early in Philadelphia Eagles training camp with a foot injury, cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc was nevertheless given a one-year contract extension on Monday, then almost immediately placed on the injured reserve list.
The moves are not surprising and certainly are related. The extension gives LeBlanc some extra security while likely giving the Eagles some extra salary cap flexibility for signing LeBlanc’s replacement or a player at another position.
By waiting until Monday to place him on IR, the Eagles can now designate him for return during the season. He would not have been eligible for that had he been placed on IR before the team presented its initial 53-man roster to the league on Saturday.
Aside from LeBlanc, the Eagles are inching closer to full health, coach Doug Pederson reported on Monday.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Dallas Goedert, right guard Brandon Brooks, linebacker Nigel Bradham, defensive end Derek Barnett and cornerback Ronald Darby are expected to be ready for Sunday’s season opener against Washington. All nursed injuries for most or all of training camp.
“They all practiced today,” Pederson said. “Looking good. So obviously we haven’t made any official announcements on who is in, who is out, but we’re going to take it day by day. We fully expect those guys to get time on Sunday.”
Johnson and quarterback Carson Wentz are among the many Eagles who didn’t take a snap in any of the preseason games, but Pederson insisted that he’s seen enough in practice to assure him that the team is coming together nicely.
“I felt like this unit really started coming together … a couple weeks ago when we started really in that Baltimore week of work against [the Ravens in joint practices] and even last week, keeping those guys working together,” Pederson said. “You see the communication and the things that have to go on during a practice, during a play of a practice, depending on what you’re working on. And I do think that these guys really did begin to communicate that way and come together and gel and you know, this is … it’s a good time to see that happen.”
Eagles cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc intercepts the ball against New Orleans Jan. 13.