Eagles release four players, including LB Ryan Rau

4/12/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Philadelphia Eagles made a few low-impact roster moves on Thursday, announcing the release of wide receiver Ron Johnson, cornerback Chris Hawkins, as well as linebackers Ryan Rau and Marcus Dowtin.
Of the four released players, only Ryan Rau was on the active roster as he played four games for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Ryan Rau initially started off as a tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles last spring, working his way up the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster last in the season.
Ryan Rau remained unproductive through 2012, and will be remembered most for a dubious moment when he forgot he was on the special teams and the Philadelphia Eagles forced a punt that was blocked. Ryan Rau season’s ended on an ankle injury in the Philadelphia Eagles’ season finale during 2012.
Marcus Dowtin finished the 2012 season on the practice squad and was signed to a futures contract by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent the early part of the season playing three games the New York Jets, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Meanwhile, Ron Johnson completes two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after he signed with the team as a free agent in 2011. Ron Johnson was finally promoted off the practice squad at the end of December, but was inactive for the final game of the 2011 season.
Last summer, Ron Johnson was placed on the Philadelphia Eagles’ injured reserve after he suffered a broken and dislocated ankle during training camp.
 Chris Hawkins, who played nine games for the Tennessee Titans in 2011, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in January before the team hired new head coach Chip Kelly.
All four players, released just less than two weeks into offseason workouts, were already considered longshots to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final 53-man roster. They will likely be replaced by street agents or unrestricted free agents.
At the moment, the number of players on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster is up to 75.
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