PHILADELPHIA - Eagles backup center Dallas Reynolds is out of options.
Unless he is one of the 53 players who will comprise the regular-season roster, Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Jets will be the last time he gets to put on an Eagles uniform.
"I'm trying not to think about it," Reynolds said. "But in the back of my mind, I understand the situation."
The 28-year-old has been with the Eagles since signing as a rookie free agent in 2009, but has never played in a regular-season game. He spent the last three seasons as a member of the team's practice squad, save for a one-game promotion in 2009 in which he was deactivated for the game.
Under league rules, players cannot spend more than three seasons on a practice squad. Thus, Reynolds must either survive Friday's final roster cuts or perhaps give up his hope of playing in the NFL.
"My main focus is on Thursday's game," said Reynolds, who is married to Suzanne and has a 2-year-old daughter, Sharai. "I just have to keep playing as hard as I can. After the game, it's up to the guys upstairs (coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman) on what happens next for me."
There are several contenders for roster spots on the offensive line. The group includes free agent center/guard Steve Vallos, who previously played with Cleveland (2010-11) and Seattle (2008-09), and center/guard Julian Vandervelde, a fifth-round draft pick by the Eagles last season. They are expected to be the starting guards against the Jets, but can also play center in a pinch.
"I honestly have no idea how I made this team last year because I was horrible," said Vandervelde, who was inactive for all but one game. "If I was the one making the decisions, I would have cut me after the second preseason game because I flat out stunk. But I've been really pleased with the progress I've made since then. I'm excited for Thursday's game because I get a chance to show the growth and development I've made personally."