by Justin Adkins
The Eagles have begun shaping their roster as the deadline for getting down to the final 53 approaches this Saturday.
Today the Eagles released 10 players: cornerback Geoff Pope, recently acquired defensive end Pannell Egboh, defensive tackle Boo Robinson, cornerback David Pender, wide receiver Dobson Collins, tight end Nate Lawrie, offensive tackle Jeraill McCuller, running back J.J. Arrington, safety and Penn State alum Anthony Scirrotto and running back Martell Mallett.
None come as a major surprise.
The release of J.J. Arrington means the Eagles will receive a 2011 sixth-round draft pick from the Denver Broncos as part of the trade terms that sent linebacker Joe Mays to the Broncos. It also means it’s very likely that Eldra Buckley makes the team.
The Eagles will need to release another 11 players to get to the 53 man limit by Saturday.
One player the Eagles haven’t released is Victor Abiamiri. While he’s still technically on the team, the oft-injured defensive end will not be eligible to play for the first 6 games of the season after being placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. During this time, he will not count against the 53 man roster limit. After the six weeks are up, Abiamiri will then be eiligible to practice for another three weeks, still without taking up a roster spot. He can be activated at any time during these three weeks; however, after the three weeks are up, he would need to be placed on season ending Injured Reserve if not activated by that point.
Abiamiri is still recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee, and his future, not just with the Eagles, but as a football players, is very much in doubt.
Finally, the Eagles actually added a player to the roster count, trading a sixth-round draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for veteran guard Reggie Wells. Wells has a chance to start over the disappointing Stacy Andrews.
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