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Eagles Reportedly Sign DT Akeem Spence After Malik Jackson Injury

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 02: Akeem Spence #93 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after the play during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles managed to complete a memorable second half comeback in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, but it came at a cost.

Starting DT Malik Jackson suffered a Lisfranc injury, and was placed on IR on Tuesday morning. As a result, the Eagles had a huge hole to fill in their defensive line.

Philly only had three healthy defensive tackles on the roster in Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan and Hassan Ridgeway, meaning the Eagles had to acquire some depth. They did just that on Tuesday afternoon.

Spence spent 2018 with the Dolphins and started every game, making him a surprising cap casualty this offseason (unless you factor in the Dolphins of it all). While Philadelphia will surely wean him in with the likes of Cox and Jernigan playing major roles in their Week 2 game plan, Spence has experience as a starting DT, so it's safe to assume the Eagles can rely on him once he's acclimated to the defensive playbook.

Give Howie Roseman credit--the Eagles GM has repeatedly proven he can make adjustments on the fly when called upon. Spence is a solid pickup at this juncture of the season, which is a must given the magnitude of Jackson's ailment.