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Eagles activate Mike Wallace from injured reserve; waive two CBs



Mike Wallace is back with the Philadelphia Eagles, three months after what appeared a broken fibula ended his season. The Eagles activated Wallace from injured reserve on Christmas Eve, giving an early Christmas present to their starting “Z” receiver.

In a corresponding move, the Eagles promoted cornerback Josh Hawkins from the practice squad. They also waived cornerbacks De’Vante Bausby and Chandon Sullivan to make room for Wallace and Hawkins.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wallace will do individual drills this week in practice as he didn’t rule out a potential Week 17 return. Now, Wallace is on track to play his first game since Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wallace had 20 catches that went for 20-plus yards over the last two seasons (2016 and 2017), eight of which went for 50-plus yards (most in the NFL). That’s more than any player on the Eagles roster during that span. Wallace also leads the NFL in 50-yard receptions since 2016 (eight) and ranks second in that category dating back to 2009 (26), trailing only DeSean Jackson (38).

Week 1 was the first game Wallace was held without a catch since Week 12 of the 2015 season with the Minnesota Vikings, when he had a career-low 473 receiving yards, 12.1 yards per catch and two touchdowns. Wallace went down in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has no catches on the season.

The Eagles have Wallace back in the fold. How may snaps and targets he’ll get Sunday against the Washington Redskins will be determined.

Hawkins started three games for the Green Bay Packers in 2017, which signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Hawkins started in three games that season, having a forced fumble and six pass deflections, including 37 tackles and six quarterback hits.

Hawkins allowed 26 carries for 269 yards and six touchdowns as opposing quarterbacks had a 126.0 passer rating when targeting him. He was signed to the practice squad earlier this month.

Sullivan, who signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent this offseason, spent all year on the practice squad before getting called up prior to Week 8. He allowed seven catches for 137 yards in coverage as opposing quarterbacks had a 118.8 passer rating targeting him. The Eagles have an extra practice squad spot after promoting Hawkins, so Sullivan could land back there.

Bausby allowed 12 catches for 2019 yards in four games for the Eagles with opposing quarterbacks having a 142.6 passer rating when targeting him. He also spent all offseason with the Eagles before being signed back to the practice squad in November.

Both Sullivan and Bausby were promoted to the active roster because of the season-ending injuries to Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, along with the on-and-off again hamstring injury to Sidney Jones. With the resurgent play of Cre’von LeBlanc and the emergence of Avonte Maddox, the Eagles had no need to carry six cornerbacks on the roster heading into the final week.

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