Eagles cut 12 players; roster now at 76

Eagles cut 12 players; roster now at 76
August 25, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Cornerback Eddie Whitley, left, and punter Brad Wing, right, were among 10 players released by the Eagles on Sunday. (AP/USA Today Images)

The Eagles reduced their Sunday afternoon by first releasing 10 players, none of whom has ever played in an NFL regular-season game.

Later on Sunday, the team also parted ways, according to sources, with safety Kenny Phillips and linebacker Jamar Chaney.

The Eagles’ roster now stands at 76. It must be reduced to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

After finishing the preseason Thursday night against the Jets at the Meadowlands, the Eagles must further reduce the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by 6 p.m. Aug. 31.

Among the 10 announced cuts were tight end Derek Carrier and defensive back Eddie Whitley, who both spent time with the Eagles last year. Carrier was on the practice squad from Week 2 through the end of the season, and Whitley was on the practice squad the last four weeks of the season.

Carrier had one reception for one yard this preseason. Whitley, who got a handful of first-team reps early in training camp, suffered a right knee injury during the Eagles’ preseason game in Jacksonville on Saturday night and was seen leaving the locker room on crutches.

Also notable among the cuts was undrafted rookie punter Brad Wing, who was brought in to compete with free agent addition Donnie Jones.

Wing averaged 40.6 yards with a net of 36.5 yards during the first three preseason games. Jones, like Wing, an LSU graduate, has averaged 48.3 and 43.3 so far.

Also released were defensive end Eddie McClam, wide receiver Nick Miller (5-for-50, including a 25-yard catch), Aussie offensive tackle Nic Purcell, recently converted offensive lineman Isaac Remington, tight end Will Shaw, defensive tackle Daryell Walker and emergency long snapper James Winchester. Whitley was waived with an injury settlement.

None of the 10 players the Eagles cut ties with were ever drafted. Of the 10, only McClam, Winchester, Whitley and Carrier have spent time on an NFL roster but has ever played in a regular-season game.

Wing, Winchester and Purcell were among the nine Eagles who didn’t play Saturday night in the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The others were quarterbacks Matt Barkley, G.J. Kinne and Dennis Dixon; safety Kenny Phillips; center Dallas Reynolds; and wide receiver Will Murphy.