Eagles roster: Joe Ostman waived/injured to reach 80-man limit

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Eagles waive 1 more player to reach 80-man limit originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Eagles waived linebacker Joe Ostman with an injury designation ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

With Ostman waived, the Eagles are now at 80 players. (Technically, the Eagles have 81 players but Australian Matt Leo has an international exemption.)

The next deadline is on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m., which is when they will need to have their initial 53-man roster finalized.

Earlier this week, the Eagles waived WR Jhamon Ausbon, WR Hakeem Butler, C Harry Crider and CB Lavert Hill. They began the week with 85 players.

Ostman, 26, had been on the injury report with a concussion since Aug. 16.

Without Ostman, the Eagles are down to just two players — Genard Avery and Patrick Johnson — who have been primarily playing the SAM linebacker position in Jonathan Gannon’s defense.

And recently, Avery has been sidelined with another groin injury, which means Johnson, the seventh-round pick out of Tulane, will have a real chance to make this roster. The Eagles also really like his versatility.

Ostman first joined the Eagles in 2018 on the practice squad. In the summer of 2019, Ostman tore his ACL. Last summer, he made a strong push for the roster but was ultimately waived at final cuts. He switched from defensive end to linebacker in Gannon's scheme.

If Ostman clears waivers, he will revert to the Eagles’ IR list.

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