The Philadelphia Eagles signed former New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips during the offseason in hopes he could bolster their suspect secondary.
But Phillips not only won’t start for the Eagles, he won’t be on the team.
Phillips and veteran linebacker Jamar Chaney were among 12 players the Eagles released Sunday. NFL teams are required to be down to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m. Sunday's cuts left the Eagles with 76 players.
Knee and hamstring injuries prevented Phillips from making an impact during training camp and the preseason. He fell behind starters Patrick Chung and Nate Allen, plus rookie Earl Wolff.
Chaney started 23 games over the last three seasons for the Eagles but was unable to make the transition from a 4-3 defensive scheme to the 3-4 alignment that coordinator Billy Davis is using.
The Eagles also cut rookie punter Brad Wing, tight ends Derek Carrier and Will Shaw, defensive ends Eddie McClam and Isaac Remington, wide receiver Nick Miller, tackle Nic Purcell, defensive tackle Daryell Walker, cornerback Eddie Whitley (waived/injured) and long-snapper James Winchester. The team reached an injury settlement with Whitley, who hurt a knee during Saturday’s preseason game at Jacksonville .