To comply with the NFL-mandated first roster cutdown, the Eagles on Tuesday waived injured outside linebacker Phillip Hunt after the two sides reached a financial settlement.
But there’s a good chance Hunt will be back for a fourth season in 2013.
Hunt, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and underwent surgery Aug. 15, has 24 hours to pass through waivers. If he’s not claimed by another team, he will revert back to the Eagles and be placed on Injured Reserve, which means he will miss the entire season.
It’s unlikely that another team will claim Hunt, a backup defensive end for his first two seasons with the Eagles, so expect him back on the roster and competing for a job next season when he’s ready to play.
The transaction put the Eagles at 75 before the 4 p.m. deadline. They need to trim down to 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Eagles held a walkthrough Tuesday morning and will have another light practice Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Only three players missed practice: cornerbacks Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly.
Hughes underwent surgery on his broken hand earlier Tuesday morning but no timetable is set for his return.
Hunt became the second player since Sunday to reach an injury settlement with the Eagles. Eddie Whitley, a cornerback who also played some safety, injured his knee during Saturday’s exhibition against the Jaguars.