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Eagles sign CB Roc Carmichael, place Brandon Hughes on IR

9/18/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

With the Philadelphia Eagles hurting at the cornerback ahead of Thursday’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team brought in some help at the position Wednesday by signing Roc Carmichael off of the Houston Texans' practice squad. To make room for Carmichael, the Eagles placed cornerback Brandon Hughes on the short-term IR with a hamstring injury.
 
Hughes was on the field for 22 snaps in the Bengals’ Week 2 loss to the San Diego Chargers, before leaving with the injury. With Hughes’ injury, the Bengals’ lost what little experience depth they had remaining at the cornerback. The secondary has been a major concern for the Bengals, since Bradley Fletcher went down with a concussion in the Week 1 game against the Washington Redskins.
Hughes, who was cut by the Eagles in the preseason, to avoid guaranteeing his entire 2013 base salary of $540,000, was re-signed by the Bengals to address depth issues at the cornerback spot following Fletcher’s injury. But a few days after serving as the Eagles’ No.2 outside cornerback, Hughes’ season in Philadelphia has come to an end.
 
The fifth-year pro Hughes played 31 games for the Eagles over the past four seasons. The former-fifth-round pick spent his rookie year and most of the following season on the practice squad with the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants, before being picked up by the Eagles in November 2010.
 
Now, Hughes will become a free agent as soon as he’s is healthy and passes a physical, according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk. He will then become eligible to sign with another team.
 
Until then, the Eagles have six cornerbacks on the roster, heading into their Week 3 game against the Chiefs. But Fletcher remains probable for Thursday night, due to the concussion, and shares that status with returning cornerback Brandon Boykin, who is also probable for Week 3 with a quadriceps injury. Boykin got the start on the outside but was moved into the slot in nickel packages due to Fletcher’s injury.
 
Rookie cornerback Jordan Poyer struggled in the season opener and has gotten only 17 snaps on the Eagles’ defense so far this season, while recent acquisition Shaun Prater hasn’t played yet. Starter Cary Williams had seven tackles in the Eagles first two games this season, along with three passes defensed.
 
That leaves Carmichael, who likely won’t be active against the Chiefs, but could be on the field at Denver the following week.
 
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Carmichael was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Texans and spent his rookie season on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Last season, Carmichael played in six games for the Texans, while recording five tackles on the defense with one pass deflection, along with five tackles on the special teams.
 
The Eagles were reportedly also interested in signing Carmichael a couple of weeks back, but a deal never got done and he ended up on the Texans’ practice squad while Philadelphia signed Prater.
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