Hamstring issues kept Atogwe out of the previous two preseason games heading into the Jets matchup. He also dealt with a groin issue in training camp. Eagles coach Andy Reid hinted Thursday night that the injuries could put Atogwe in danger.
"It makes it a little tougher," Reid said of evaluating Atogwe, according to Philly.com.
It's been a swift fall from grace for Atogwe, a former St. Louis Rams standout who signed a five-year, $26 million deal with the Washington Redskins in March 2011. Injuries limited his effectiveness, and he was dumped by Mike Shanahan after one season. Atogwe signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in June.
In a surprising move, the Eagles also cut ties with cornerback Joselio Hanson. The 31-year-old had been with the Eagles for the past six seasons, but he was unable to hold off fourth-round draft pick Brandon Boykin for the nickel corner job.
Hanson had been taking most of the first-team reps over Boykin, according to CSNPhilly.com. Reid said the rookie had bridged the gap in recent weeks.
Hanson was released on the final day of cuts last summer as well, but he quickly returned on a team-friendly deal. That's not expected to be the case this time around.
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