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Eagles place Weaver, Jackson on season-ending IR

PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles placed Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver and starting center Jamaal Jackson on injured reserve, ending their seasons, then signed fullback Owen Schmitt and tight end/fullback Garrett Mills to fill the roster spots Monday.

Weaver and Jackson were injured during Sunday's 27-20 season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers.

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Schmitt, a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, played in 30 games with the Seattle Seahawks. He caught 12 passes for 50 yards and one touchdown, and he carried five times for 21 yards. Schmitt was released Sept. 6.

Mills had been on Philadelphia's practice squad. Guard Fenuki Tupou agreed to a contract and will take Mills' spot on the practice squad.

Weaver tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Eagles coach Andy Reid called the damage to his knee "severe," and said a surgery date for Weaver hasn't been set.

Jackson tore his right triceps, not biceps as the team originally said. He will have surgery on Tuesday. Jackson was in the starting lineup after making a remarkable recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained last Dec. 27.

In other injury news, quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley haven't been ruled out for Philadelphia's game at Detroit next Sunday despite sustaining concussions.

Reid said both players must pass a specific evaluation process before they are cleared to play. He said the team's medical staff will follow the NFL's guidelines for concussions.

Both players briefly returned after being hurt during the second quarter against the Packers.

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