The Eagles made a minor roster move on Monday, releasing cornerback Shaun Prater and signing linebacker Emmanuel Acho from the New York Giants practice squad.
Acho spent the entire preseason with the Eagles, leading the defense in tackles in four pre-games. His release was considered a surprise and did not go over well with the fan base.
The signing of Acho likely has to do with the injury to Jake Knott, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Eagles loss to the Cowboys. Acho was also a strong special teams player, an area the Eagles have struggled with recently.
Prater, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa, suffered a knee injury during his rookie campaign in the preseason that landed him on season-ending IR. After a good-showing in this year’s training camp, he was one of the final cuts after the Bengals simply had too-many other cornerbacks on their roster.