LeBlanc gets ex­ten­sion, lands on IR

Cor­ner­back bat­tling foot in­jury gets 1-year deal be­fore ros­ter move

The Morning Call - - VARSITY - By Nick Fierro Morn­ing Call reporter Nick Fierro can be reached at 610-778-2243 or [email protected]

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.”

BUTCH DILL/AP

Ea­gles cor­ner­back Cre’von LeBlanc in­ter­cepts the ball against New Orleans Jan. 13.

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