PHILADELPHIA - Defen-sive tackle Antonio Dixon rejoined the Eagles on Wednesday.

The team re-signed him to a two-year contract after placing rookie quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve with a broken bone in his right (throwing) hand.

"I'm surprised a little bit, but I'm really happy to be back," Dixon said Wednesday. "You just never know what can happen in this league."

Dixon spent three seasons (2009-2011) with the Eagles, though he missed most of last season with a torn triceps. He recorded 62 tackles and three sacks for the Eagles.

He was released at the end of the preseason this year after falling out of favor with then-defensive line coach Jim Washburn. They released Dixon, who was struggling to lose weight, and kept second-year defensive tackle Cedric Thornton.

"I guess it was the (defensive) system and my weight," Dixon said. "They wanted me faster. But I know it's a business. I've seen a lot of people get cut and I was one of them. You can't be mad for a long time. You've just got to get over it."

Dixon played in three games with Indianapolis in October before getting cut. He returned to Homestead, Fla., to work out in the hopes that another team would call. The Eagles contacted him after rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox suffered a concussion last Sunday against Washington.

"I worked out for a bunch of teams," Dixon said. "New England, Tampa Bay, Detroit, New Orleans and the New York Giants. They all said they were impressed, but just didn't have room for me at the time."

While unemployed, he lived and worked out with a personal trainer in Homestead, which is just outside of his hometown of Miami. He reported to the Eagles at 325 pounds, approximately eight pounds lighter than when he was released.

"It was real important for me to lose some weight," Dixon said. "I basically cut back on snacks and did a lot more cardio. The toughest thing was giving up oatmeal pies. I haven't had one in about two months."

Bad break for Foles

Foles had a feeling something was wrong with his hand when he looked down and noticed it was starting to swell.

But he still didn't want to come out of the game.

Foles suffered the injury late in the first half against the Redskins, but played the entire second half of a 27-20 loss.

"When it happened, I looked down and there was already some swelling," Foles said. "I knew something had happened and I wasn't quite sure what. Honestly, I wasn't really worried about it. I was just going to keep playing."

With Foles on IR, Michael Vick will be the quarterback for Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants.

Both Foles and Vick will wait to see if they have futures in Philadelphia. Head coach Andy Reid is expected to be fired after the season. A new coach would have to decide if he wants to use Vick in a spread offense or stick with Foles in a more traditional system.

"That's not my decision," Foles said. "What I can do now is just keep working. I can look at what I've done, improve on what I've done and compete. Right now, coach Reid's my head coach and coach (Marty) Morhinweg is my offensive coordinator. I know the system, so that's all I'm worrying about today."

Giants scenario

While the Eagles (4-11) were eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, the Giants (8-7) are still in the hunt. They cannot win the NFC East - the winner of Sunday's Dallas-Washington game will win the division - but they can earn a wild-card spot if they beat the Eagles and Dallas loses or ties, Minnesota loses to Green Bay and Chicago loses at Detroit.

The Giants have been struggling lately. They suffered a 34-0 loss to Atlanta two weeks ago and a 33-14 defeat against Baltimore last Sunday.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin bristled at the suggestion that his team is not playoff worthy.

"That's a bogus question," Coughlin said in a conference call. "If we win and get in, we're worthy. That's the way the system is set up."

Practice squad addition

The Eagles signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin to the practice squad Wednesday.

Dowtin played three games for the New York Jets this season and recorded four tackles on special teams before being waived Nov. 20.

Bumps and bruises

Cox and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and are not expected to play against the Giants.

Derek Landri and Akeem Jordan will start at defensive tackle and weakside linebacker, respectively.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was a limited participant in practice because of a knee injury.

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