The Eagles made some roster moves today, first placing S Nate Allen on injured reserve, as expected, then jettisoning TE Garrett Mills, before promoting DT Jeff Owens and S Jamar Wall from the practice squad. Former practice squadder Jamar Adams will take one of the practice squad spots. Mills probably will take the other, if he clears waivers, since the Eagles have only two TEs, Brent Celek and Clay Harbor.
The Birds promoted Mills in Week 2 after rookie Harbor had a tough time in the season opener. But Harbor gained confidence in the offense, and Mills has been inactive the last six games. His departure from the active roster was not a surprise.
Wall has spent the last 11 weeks on the Eagles' practice squad. Originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys last spring, Wall was released prior to the start of the season, but was claimed by the Houston Texans on 9/5/10 and played in the season opener, logging one special teams tackle. He was released on 9/29/10 and signed to the Eagles practice squad the following day.
Owens was originally a seventh-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2010 and has spent the entire season on the team's practice squad. He thought he was coming up when Brodrick Bunkley suffered an elbow inury at San Francisco Oct. 10, but Bunkley was less seriously hurt than the Eagles initially feared. There's no reason to bring him up right now unless Mike Patterson's knee injury, suffered against the Giants, is a bigger deal than Andy Reid made it sound when he spoke with reporters Monday.
Adams spent one week on the Eagles practice squad after signing with the team on Sept. 22. He joined the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent most of the 2008 and 2009 seasons on their practice squad, but also was promoted to the active roster twice, playing in seven career games and posting four special teams tackles.
Wall wears jersey number 37 and Owens wears 64.
Also, as expected, defensive end Brandon Graham underwent surgery today to repair his torn ACL.