Eagles Sign Dixon; Place Foles On IR

Antonio Dixon is back. The Eagles signed the defensive tackle to a two-year deal and placed Nick Foles on Injured Reserve. Linebacker Marcus Dowtin was also signed to the practice squad.

Dixon played in Philadelphia from 2009-11, compiling  62 tackles and three sacks. He appeared in two games for the Colts this season but was released on October 29.

Dowtin (6-2, 226) recorded four special teams tackles in three games for the New York Jets this season. He was waived by the team on November 20.

Foles has a hairline fracture in his throwing hand. The injury appeared to happen on a completion to LeSean McCoy at the end of the first half Sunday. Foles faked a screen to Damaris Johnson, spun and was hit by Barry Cofield as he released the ball and landed on his right hand. He was having difficulty gripping the ball at halftime, Reid said, but X-rays were negative at the stadium and the decision was made to keep him in. An MRI later revealed the hairline fracture.

Andy Reid indicated that this type of injury generally takes three weeks to recover from.

“He’s a pretty tough kid, obviously, by going through this. He never said a word about it,” said Reid.

  • JofreyRice

    never heard of Dowtin, but I’m glad they re-signed Dixon. He never could adapt to Washburn’s system, but flashed some big-time ability in McDermott/JJ’s old 2-Gap system. Gives them some flexibility going forward, as Dixon probably can play the NT in a 3-4 if they needed him to. I’m wondering if his reported conditioning problems had something to do with the scheme change just as he was coming into his own?

    • Johngiam

      Yeah, I’m also glad to see Dixon back to show what he can do in a normal defensive line scheme

  • BdawkBdawk

    I like Dixon’s potential- but conditioning problems? Come on now. Having your body right is a big part of the job. Conditioning problems sound like effort problems. And effort problems are poisonous.

    • JofreyRice

      Agree that he should be in football shape, but it seems to be a bit of a different story for those human beings that walk around at 320+. Jason Peters didn’t have a great 2010 b/c of conditioning/scheme stuff, and he turned out pretty well. I think Vince Wilfork is constantly battling to stay where he is, as well. If Dixon shows up with too much weight to move around effectively, then they just cut him–not much lost.

      Dixon’s still a young guy, I’m more concerned about effort problems of veterans. I can’t help but think of Cullen Jenkins’ screaming match with Reid on the sideline in the preseason, and think of DeMeco’s response to it afterward, basically saying that it was just preseason, and that they’d be ready when the games counted. I really like what Ryans did for the defense, but I feel like his play has dropped off pretty dramatically over the past few weeks. The last good game he played was against Carolina, which is the last game before the scheme change. I’m hoping that’s all it is, because I agree those kind of things are poisonous.

      • Johngiam

        I don’t worry about Dameco at all. he is a godsend and I want him manning the middle for the next two years..he got a ton of credit inte development of Brian Cushing, and I believe we should take advantage of having Dameco, and get him another young stud linebacker..Linebacker is a position that I feel a young player can learn more from playing along side the right type of veteran that anything you can learn from the coaches, and I think it would be wise to bring in another supreme talent at linebacker for Dameco to tutor along with Kendricks who I happen to think the world of…

        yes, a bad attitude can spread like wildfire and become detrimental to a football team, but I’m not really there yet with Dixon. Can’t teach size, and when we went to such a specialized defensive alignment, I think it was intake to cut one of ur only lineman that brings GIRTH! Of course I drool over the thought of pairing Cox next to a disruptive, explosive Mammoth, Ndomunkong Su type such as star Latululei…if we can get our hands on that kid we won’t have the need for Dixon. But I think it was a mistake to not have any girth at tackle this season…Would have liked to have signed him as soon as Brasher took over the line, to really see what Dixon can give you moving forward..hopefully he gets a few snaps on Sunday

  • xlGmanlx

    He was solid before wash got here, maybe going back to the non-idiotic wide-9 might get production. You can’t teach size.