The Eagles signed cornerback Gerard Lawson to a three-year deal.

He takes the roster spot of returner Jorrick Calvin, who surprisingly was placed on injured reserve yesterday with a back injury after not practicing this week.

The Eagles might have opted to sign practice squad running back Joique Bell, but he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts last night.

That could mean that Chad Hall will return kickoffs when the Eagles face the Vikings. Andy Reid presumably will shed more light on that subject when he addresses the media this afternoon.

Lawson played in 20 career games with the Browns in 2008 and '09. He played mostly on special teams, notching five special teams tackles.

After being released by the Browns before the start of the 2010 regular season, Lawson signed with the Hartford Colonials, of the UFL, and had 23 kickoff returns for 483 yards (21.0 average).

In college at Oregon State, he averaged 23.3 yards on 62 kickoff returns with one touchdown, while blocking one punt on special teams.


Even Joe Webb realizes that Sunday's matchup between quarterbacks is a mismatch between he and Michael Vick. Give him credit for showing humility in the face of the obvious.

Asked how he would compare to Vick on a scale of 1 to 10, with Vick being a 10, Webb told reporters: "A five. Michael Vick is playing great ball this year."

"Michael Vick is an incredible athlete, a great player. I look up to him. I've been watching him since I was a little boy," Webb said.

The rookie has guided the Vikings in the last two games with injuries to Brett Favre and Tavaris Jackson and is presumably auditioning to get a leg up on the competition for next year.

"I think about that, but my focus is right now," Webb said. "I want to get better play by play, day by day. That's later down the road. If I play well now, the future will take care of itself."


Speaking of Favre, he failed baseline testing for the second consecutive day and has not been cleared to practice. The Vikings are willing to wait until Saturday, when they depart for Philadelphia, but at this point Favre remains a spectator.

"Not much improvement for him," interim head coach Leslie Frazier said.

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