The Eagles re-signed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon on Wednesday and placed quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve. Dixon, 27, spent the past three seasons with the Eagles. He was released on Aug. 31 and played two games with the Indianapolis Colts.
The move was needed because the Eagles were down to three healthy defensive tackles after Fletcher Cox suffered a concussion, and Dixon has an understanding of the Eagles' defense. Dixon signed a two-year contract, so he will be with the team throughout the offseason and can compete for a job during training in 2013.
Expect Dixon to be active for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
The Eagles also also signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin to the practice squad. Dowtin, a Georgia and North Alabama product, played three games with the Jets earlier this season as a special teams contributor.
Here is more from the Eagles' press release:
"Dixon (6-3, 322) played in two games for the Indianapolis Colts this season but was released on October 29. Prior to his time in Indianapolis, he spent three seasons in Philadelphia (2009-11) after originally signing with the Washington Redskins as a rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. While with the Eagles, Dixon played in 35 games (10 starts) and recorded 62 tackles and three sacks. He was named to USA Today's 2010 All-Joe Team, which honors the NFL players whose work doesn't necessarily garner headlines, but is integral to the success of their football teams.
Dowtin (6-2, 226) recorded four special teams tackles in three games for the New York Jets this season after being elevated from the practice squad to the active roster on October 17. He was waived by the team on November 20. Dowtin was originally signed by the club as a rookie free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He played three seasons at Georgia before transferring to North Alabama for his senior season. During his collegiate career, he played in 47 games and amassed 246 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles. A native of Upper Marlboro, MD, Dowtin attended Fork Union Military Academy where he was a high school standout.