Running back Matthew Tucker was a surprise release by the Philadelphia Eagles, who tentatively trimmed their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 53 by today's 4 p.m. deadline.
The move, which leaves the team with just two healthy players (LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles) at that position, almost certainly indicates they will add at least one back before starting the regular season against Jacksonville on Sept. 7.
Also cut along with Tucker were LB Emmanuel Acho, OL Josh Andrews, RB Kenjon Barner (waived/injured), CB Roc Carmichael, T Kevin Graf, K Alex Henery, WR Damaris Johnson, S Keelan Johnson, RB Henry Josey, LB Josh Kaddu, DT Wade Keliikipi, QB G.J. Kinne, CB Curtis Marsh, WR Ifeanyi Momah, WR Will Murphy, WR Quron Pratt, S Ed Reynolds and DT Damion Square.
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn (back) and linebacker Travis Long (ACL) were placed on the injured reserve list.
Henery had been the team's kicker for the last three seasons, but lost out to newcomer Cody Parkey.
Here is a look at the roster as it existed immediately after the cuts:
Quarterbacks (3): Matt Barkley, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez.
Running Backs (3): LeSean McCoy, Chris Polk, Darren Sproles.
Wide Receivers (6): Riley Cooper, Josh Huff, Jeremy Maclin, Jeff Maehl, Jordan Matthews, Brad Smith.
Tight Ends (4): Trey Burton, James Casey, Brent Celek, Zach Ertz.
Offensive Line (9): Allen Barbre, Andrew Gardner, Todd Herremans, Jason Kelce, Dennis Kelly, Evan Mathis, David Molk, Jason Peters, Matt Tobin.
Defensive Line (7): Beau Allen, Brandon Bair, Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Taylor Hart, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton.
Linebackers (9): Connor Barwin, Bryan Braman, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Najee Goode, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, DeMeco Ryans, Marcus Smith.
Defensive Backs (9): Nate Allen, Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll, Bradley Fletcher, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos, Jaylen Watkins, Cary Williams, Earl Wolff.
Specialists (3): Jon Dorenbos, Donnie Jones, Cody Parkey.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun