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Eagles DE Ricky Sapp

by Justin Adkins

The Eagles have placed rookie defensive end Ricky Sapp on Injured Reserve, ending his season before it technically began.

The fifth-round pick from Clemson had struggled both with learning a position as well as a knee that had been nagging off and on.  After tweaking the knee at practice, Sapp underwent an MRI, and the decision was made to place him on IR.

The Eagles drafted Sapp as a defensive end, but for some reason tried to move him to linebacker, which would have made sense if they ran a 3-4 defense.  They don’t.

To pretty much no one’s surprise, the 6-4, 252 lb Sapp struggled at linebacker, and he was moved back to defensive end. 

To replace Sapp on the roster, the Eagles claimed Pannel Egboh off waivers from the Texans.  Egboh, a 6-6, 287 lb defensive end out of Stanford, was signed originally by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2009.  After being released prior to the start of that season, Egboh signed with the Texans and spent 2009 on their practice squad.  At Stanford, Egboh played in 40 games, starting 36.  He racked 98 tackles, 15.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Egboh’s chances of making the Eagles 53-man roster are extremely low, as were Sapp’s.  However, Egboh is a good candidate for the practice squad.  Sapp, on Injured Reserve, is ineligible to play or practice all season.

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