The Eagles made a move to shore up their injury-ravaged defensive line Tuesday, signing defensive tackle Frank Ferrara to a one-year contract.
The Eagles signed Ferrara after placing Paul Grasmanis on injured reserve.
Grasmanis tore his left Achilles tendon in Sunday's 31-10 loss to the New England Patriots. Grasmanis is the third defensive lineman the club has put on
IR. Rookie fourth-round pick Jamaal Green broke his leg in the third pre-season
game and their starting left end, Derrick Burgess, tore his Achilles before the
Two other Eagles defensive linemen - Brandon Whiting and rookie first-round pick Jerome McDougle - also are out with
injuries. Whiting has a hamstring injury and McDougle didn't play in either of
the first two games because of ankle, knee and hip injuries.
Ferrarra spent the last two seasons as a backup with the New York Giants. He
played 25 games and had 32 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and 2 forced
"It's good to have a veteran player like Frank join
us," head coach Andy Reid said. "He'll get a chance to meet with the coaches
over the bye week and learn the defense. He's a very aggressive player with a
high motor. We've had a chance to watch him up close with (the Giants) the last
couple of years, and I think he'll be able to help us."
Brian Dawkins, who suffered what was termed a mild Lisfranc sprain in his left
foot in Week 1 and missed last week's game, also will miss the Eagles' next game
on Sept. 27 against Buffalo. Dawkins, whose injury was diagnosed as a 2 to 6
week injury, still is on crutches.
--CB Bobby Taylor will miss
his second straight game when the Eagles play the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 27.
Taylor has a Plantar Fascia strain in his left foot. Taylor, who is in the final
year of his contract, said he could be out at least four weeks with the injury,
--DE Brandon Whiting is hoping to play against the
Buffalo Bills after the bye week after missing last week's game against the
Patriots with a hamstring injury.
--DE Jerome McDougle, who has
missed the Eagles' first two games with hip, ankle and knee injuries, isn't
expected to play in the Eagles' next game on Sept. 27 against the Buffalo Bills.
McDougle still is wearing a protective boot on his foot to help his high ankle
--DT Darwin Walker likely will remain at left end
indefinitely because of all the injuries up front.
--DE Marco Coleman is expected to get more playing time after the bye week as he gets more
familiar with the Eagles' defense. Coleman signed with the team just before the
season opener, after Derrick Burgess got hurt.
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