PHILADELPHIA -- Julian Vandervelde, who joked earlier this year that he hoped to set the record for transactions with one team, may get his wish. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Vandervelde Wednesday after releasing him three times in 2015.
“Back yet again,” Vandervelde tweeted.
This time, Vandervelde was called in because Josh Andrews received a concussion during Wednesday’s practice. Andrews was the Eagles’ primary backup at both guard and center.
With Andrews unlikely ready to play Sunday against Miami, the Eagles needed someone who could back up center Jason Kelce.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Eagles released linebacker Brad Jones. Jones was inactive for Sunday’s game in Dallas, the first time all season he did not play on special teams in a game.
Jones’ release is a sign that inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is on track to return for Sunday’s game. Ryans missed the last two games with a groin injury.
Rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks tore his left pectoral muscle Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve Monday and replaced on the roster by Emmanuel Acho.
Acho is the defense’s version of Vandervelde. He has been released and re-signed several times. This time, Acho had been released with an injury settlement after breaking his thumb late in the preseason.
Because of the injury settlement, the Eagles couldn’t sign Acho until Monday. That was the day they learned that Hicks had a torn pectoral. Acho and Najee Goode will back up inside linebackers Ryans, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks.