The Eagles placed linebacker Joe Walker on injured reserve Friday afternoon, and although there was no formal word yet, the move presumably opens up a roster spot for rookie cornerback Sidney Jones.
Jones, who suffered a torn Achilles during his pro day at the University of Washington in March, has been on the reserve/non-football injury list all year. He began practicing earlier this month, opening a three-week window that ends on Tuesday. That's when the Eagles must decide whether to add him to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve.
Head coach Doug Pederson hinted broadly earlier Friday that Jones would be activated for the Eagles' meaningless game Sunday afternoon against the Cowboys at the Linc.
Walker, a seventh-round pick last year out of Oregon, played significant snaps during the six-game stretch from the Panthers game through the Bears game before hurting his neck. Of his 99 defensive snaps this year, 96 were during that stretch of six wins, and he started against the 49ers, Broncos and Bears. He had 16 tackles and one pass defensed. And he played 127 snaps on special teams.
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But the Eagles went out and acquired Dannell Ellerbe, who provides a much more physical presence and more experience at the MIKE linebacker spot, where the Eagles lost Jordan Hicks back in October. With Walker inactive Monday night against the Raiders, Ellerbe had 27 snaps on defense.