It's a crazy story, but in an Football world filled with injuries, roster turnover and waiver claims, it's not an unusual story.
In a corresponding move, the Eagles placed tight end Richard Rodgers on injured reserve. Rodgers would be eligible to return after eight weeks if he's deemed healthy and the Eagles decide to use one of their two IR-return options on the TE.
Wheaton missed the Eagles' first three preseason games while dealing with a hamstring injury. The former Steelers and Bears receiver played 16 snaps in the Eagles' final preseason game and did not catch the only target thrown his way. He caught just three passes for 51 yards in 11 games in Chicago last season.
Both Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins will be sidelined in the team’s regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. While Jeffery has been expected to miss some time for a while, Hollins’ aggravation of an ongoing groin injury came as a surprise.
“We needed to have some depth at the receiver position. Markus has been here all offseason, all training camp. It’s a good fit for us,” said Eagles head coach Doug Pederson to NBC Sports.
Re-signing Wheaton could be an indication that Mack Hollins' groin injury could curtail the start to his season. Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Tuesday that Hollins will not play Thursday and that the injury is not related to the sports hernia surgery he underwent this offseason.