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Eagles cut three; Feeley New England bound?

The Eagles made the first batch of their final cuts this afternoon by releasing tight end Eugene Bright, linebacker Curtis Gatewood and defensive tackle Willie Williams.

Those three cuts reduced the roster to 72 players. The Eagles must set their 53-man roster by 6 p.m. tomorrow.

New England, meanwhile, continued to fuel the speculation that they are interested in Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley by releasing quarterback Andrew Walter. That leaves rookie Brad Hoyer as the backup to Tom Brady. It also leaves the Patriots with two quarterbacks on their roster.

If you read my bio to the right, you might have noticed that I have a son that goes to Michigan State. I watched the Spartans and Hoyer quite a bit last season and if the Patriots are hoping that the former Michigan State quarterback would be able to perform as well as Matt Cassel did when Brady went down last season, they are taking a monumental risk.

The Eagles also said that tackle Winston Justice and cornerback Dmitri Patterson did not suffer serious injuries during Thursday night's preseason finale againist the New York Jets. Justice left the game in the first half with a chest injury and Patterson left in the second half with a sprained ankle. Both players were scheduled to undergo MRI examinations today.

Babin gets new deal

If there was the slightest doubt -- and there should not have been -- that Jason Babin was going to make the team, it ended this evening when the Eagles announced that they had reworked the contract that the defensive end signed when he joined the team Aug. 4. He is still playing on a one-year deal.

The Eagles typically keep 10 defensive linemen on the roster and the final decision could come down to defensive end Bryan Smith and defensive tackle Dan Klecko.