The Eagles are changing kickers. They will place Cody Parkey on injured reserve with a groin injury, according to NFL.com. The team is expected to sign former Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis, a league source said Monday.
The transactions were not official Monday evening. Team officials were not available for comment.
Parkey injured his leg before the Eagles' 24-17 win over the Jets on Sunday, coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly claimed it was a "new injury." Parkey made a 30-yard field goal and three extra points during the game, but he struggled on his kickoffs.
The 23-year-old kicker had issues all summer. He missed the last two preseason games because of a groin injury after misfiring on kicks in the first two preseason games.
Parkey also pushed a potential game-winning field goal wide right in the season opener, but he said after the game it was unrelated to the injury. The problems stood out because Parkey was so reliable in 2014, when he went 32 of 36 on field goals and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl.
The Eagles worked out several kickers on Monday. The group included Carey Spear, whose "Murderleg" moniker caught the attention of Eagles fans when he spent training camp with the team in 2014. Kelly downplayed the workouts and called them "precautionary." Apparently, caution was needed.
In Sturgis, the Eagles get a 26-year old who kicked the last two seasons for the Dolphins. Sturgis, a fifth-round draft pick in 2013, was 55 of 71 (77.5 percent) for the Dolphins with touchbacks on 47.2 percent of his kickoffs. He is 6 of 13 on kicks of over 50 yards.
The former Florida player was 2 for 2 on field goals in the preseason, including a 49-yarder. The Dolphins released Sturgis on Sept. 5. He missed time during the summer when he injured his quadriceps during a team-organized kickball game.
Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso visited surgeon James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on his knee injury. Kelly classified the injury as a "sprained knee." But the knee sprain is a partial tear in his anterior cruciate ligament, according to a league source, and it's the same ligament that Alonso tore last year.
Surgery remains a possibility for Alonso. If he has surgery, his season would be finished.
Kelly did not have an update on the health of starting right guard Andrew Gardner, who left the game Sunday with a foot injury. Gardner was spotted by reporters in a walking boot after the game.