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Eagles to promote Igwenagu from practice squad

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

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Eagles to promote Igwenagu from practice squad

December 11, 2012, 9:02 am

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The Eagles will promote fullback/tight end Emil Igwenagu from the practice squad today, two sources have confirmed, with Brent Celek already ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Bengals.

Igwenagu (6-3, 245) signed a rookie free-agent deal after April’s draft and has practiced with the Eagles at tight end and fullback on the scout team. In training camp, he took a bunch of reps at tight end after Celek had sprained his knee.

Igwenagu competed for the starting fullback job but lost out to Stanley Havili, a first-year pro who had spent all of last year on the practice squad and had more familiarity with the offense. In the preseason, he caught six passes for 36 yards.

He’s a versatile, H-back type who caught 38 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns last year for the University of Massachusetts, where he was a two-year captain and made first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association in 2011. He also played running back and linebacker in college.

The Eagles must make a roster move to clear space for Igwenagu, but Celek probably isn’t going on injured reserve. Celek, who sustained a concussion in Sunday’s win over Tampa, said Monday that he felt good and could have possibly played against the Bengals if the game was on Sunday.

Igwenagu will be the 16th Eagle to make his NFL debut this year.

E-mail Geoff Mosher at gmosher@comcastsportsnet.com