Eagles Notes: Eagles cut CB Cliff Harris

Posted: August 28, 2012

The Eagles waived undrafted cornerback Cliff Harris on Sunday, one day after they cut 10 players and a day before the roster needed to be reduced to 75 players.

Harris was an intriguing prospect who was once an all-American at Oregon before he was kicked off his college team after several off-field incidents.

Coach Andy Reid said Harris was the only player cut on Sunday because the Eagles could not reach him on Saturday. The Eagles are deep at cornerback, and the early release will allow Harris to catch on with another team. Reid insisted that the decision was not based on Harris' off-the-field troubles.

"That wasn't the issue here," Reid said. "It was a numbers thing, and he was one of the tough ones that we had to let go. There are going to be more down the road."

The Eagles must make four more moves by Monday at 4 p.m.

Flight Night casualty

Nate Allen left Sunday's Flight Night workout at Lincoln Financial Field early with a hamstring injury, but the annual event for fans was otherwise a lighthearted evening that included a touchdown dance contest and in-practice interviews. The Eagles' offense attempted trick plays that included flea flickers and end arounds, and the defense tried laterals after interceptions. Offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde sang the national anthem for the 26,200 in attendance.

Dunlap will start at tackle

King Dunlap has started the last two exhibition games at left tackle and will be the Eagles' starter in the Sept. 9 season opener, Reid said. Dunlap will not play in the preseason finale Thursday against the Jets after beating out Demetress Bell for the job.

"You've got to give him credit for what he's done," Reid said. "He's got a long road here to go this season and staying healthy and doing all of those things and playing aggressive football week in and week out."

Bell was signed during the offseason to be the Eagles' starter after Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon, and Bell said he is still adjusting to the Eagles' system.

"I guess I just wasn't doing everything correctly," Bell said.

Injury updates

Defensive end Jason Babin is making progress with his strained calf and is expected to return in time for the opener. . . . Reid said it would be a "struggle" for linebacker Casey Matthews (ankle) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (collarbone) to play in the Sept. 9 opener against Cleveland.


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