The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Saturday evening that ten players were cut from the team’s roster, leaving them with 80 players. Then on Sunday morning, the Birds announced a surprise: The cut of corner Cliff Harris.
Harris came off an ankle injury in earlier in the preseason to make a huge play in Friday night’s game, notching the Eagles only interception against the Browns. Harris went undrafted this spring due to off the field legal issues as a student at Oregon (multiple traffic offenses, marijuana possession) that cost him part of his junior and all of his senior year. That said, he was viewed as a great pickup for Philadelphia when they nabbed him a day after the draft.
CSNPhilly’s Reuben Frank is among the many taken off guard by the Sunday surprise and noted:
There is no apparent reason the Eagles would give up this quickly on somebody like Harris, a 21-year-old college All-America who seemingly was having a pretty good preseason when healthy. And it’s not like they had to make a move.
The 10 players the Eagles trimmed as of Saturday evening were:
WR Elvis Akpla
S Wade Bonner
DE Xavier Brown
WR Brian Hernandez (injured)
WR McKay Jacobson
WR Tiger Jones
G Alfred McCullough
DB Tom Nelson (injured)
CB Kevin Thomas
OT Thomas Welch
There are no surprises in this group, though I was rooting for former Philadelphia Soul player Tiger Jones. He had to know that the odds were stacked against him but he followed his dream and left his AFL squad during a championship run to see what he could make happen in the NFL. You never know until you try, right?
The Birds must cut four more players before 4 pm EST on Monday, as all NFL teams must have their rosters to 75 by 4 pm EST on Monday.