Greg Ward, Jr., promoted from practice squad, Jordan Mailata placed on IR

Ed Kracz

Short-handed at the wide receiver position, the Eagles fortified that spot by promoting Greg Ward, Jr., from the practice squad on Saturday.

Ward already owns a Super Bowl ring despite never having played a down yet in the NFL. He won that ring as a member of the Eagles practice squad in 2017. Ward was also on the team’s practice squad last year.

Now he will likely have an opportunity to earn some playing time when the Eagles hot the Detroit Lions on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX.

The Eagles already ruled out receiver DeSean Jackson for Sunday’s game with an abdomen injury. Receiver Alshon Jeffery is listed as questionable with a calf injury.

Adding Ward to the 53-man roster meant the Eagles had to make a move to open a spot and the move they went with was placing offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on Injured Reserve.

Mailata was overworked this summer after Lane Johnson went out with an injury early in training camp and the team traded undrafted free agent Ryan Bates to the Buffalo Bills for defensive end Eli Harold.

Short-handed at right tackle, Mailata would take double reps at that position and played a ton of preseason snaps.

His stint on the IR means that he cannot practice with the team, and if anyone needs to practice it is Mailata, who is still relatively new to the sport after being drafted by the Eagles off the rugby field of Australia.

As for Ward, he did get some professional game experience while playing for in the Alliance of American Football earlier this year. He played for the San Antonio Commanders, catching 22 passes for 214 yards in the eight games the league lasted before folding.

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