By Jack Ryan
Injuries have decimated the Eagles secondary, so they have added DB Elijah Riley and safety Blake Countess from the practice squad for Sunday’s Cards game.
Rookie free agent Riley out of Army played in two games as a practice squad call-up earlier this season in the games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. He was on the field for 30 special teams snaps and two on defense in those contests. The 5-11, 214-pound Riley was a team captain for the Black Knights in 2019. In his four-year career at Army, Riley accumulated 201 tackles, seven interceptions, and 6.5 sacks.
Countess was a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2016 out of Auburn. He returned in the 2019 offseason, but was waived with an injury settlement during Training Camp. He signed with the New York Jets where he played six games last season.
The 5-10, 191-pound Countess signed with the Rams shortly after being released by the Eagles at the end of his rookie Training Camp. In three seasons with the Rams, Countess played in 37 games (4 starts) and amassed 39 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack on defense.