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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:41 AM


Eagles sign safety Thomas to prax squad

November 7, 2012, 10:57 am

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The Eagles on Wednesday moring re-signed safety Phillip Thomas to their practice squad and released defensive tackle Frank Trotter from the practice squad.

Thomas, a 5-11, 200-pounder out of Syracuse, spent the preseason with the Eagles after signing as an undrafted free agent. He had nine interceptions in 35 starts with the Orange and led the Big East Conference with six INTs as a junior in 2010.

Thomas’s career at Syracuse ended midway through his senior year, when he was suspended for violating university athletic department policy.

His main claim to fame may be that he was the victim over the past year of an imposter who went to great lengths to pass himself off as Phillip Thomas. The fake Phillip Thomas created a fake Twitter account in Thomas’s name, did radio interviews pretending to be Thomas and even announced in April that he had decided to sign with the Redskins instead of the Eagles.

According to an Eagles personnel staffer, the roster move isn’t related to starting strong safety Nate Allen’s hamstring injury. Allen missed the Saints game Monday night with the injury, which he suffered at practice last Thursday. David Sims and Colt Anderson are the backup safeties currently on the roster.

Trotter, an undrafted rookie out of Memphis, had a productive preseason, with three sacks, and the Eagles like him, but at 6-2, 275, he’s kind of a tweener, not quite big enough to play defensive tackle and not quite fast enough to be a defensive end.

The Eagles did add depth at defensive tackle last week when they activated Mike Patterson from the Reserve/Non-Football-Injury list.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com