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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin reacts to a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles pulled a surprising personnel move this afternoon by releasing defensive end Jason Babin.

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"By releasing him today, this gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of the younger guys in the defensive line rotation," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years. We wish him the best as he continues his career."

Babin made the Pro Bowl after last season after posting a team-high 18 sacks behind the "Wide 9" scheme used by Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn. But he vastly underacheived this season, registering just five and a half through 11 games.

Babin's departure means more playing time for rookie defensive end Vinny Curry and second-year veteran Phillip Hunt.

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