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Former Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Clemson defensive lineman Albert Huggins was signed and then released by the NFL champion New England Patriots in a matter of days last week.

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On Tuesday, the defensive tackle was resigned to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad, the franchise which released him a week earlier.

Philadelphia is tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East standings, with 3 games left in the regular season.

The Eagles (6-7) play at the Washington Redskins (3-10) on Sunday at noon.

To make room for Huggins on the practice squad, the Eagles released defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins, a rookie free agent from Rutgers.

Undrafted in April, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Huggins spent the spring, summer and early fall with the Houston Texans. The Eagles then signed Huggins, a two-time national champion, off of Houston’s practice squad and to the 53-man roster toward the end of October.

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Huggins appeared in four games with Philadelphia, recording 3 tackles. The rookie saw 8 snaps on defense and 2 snaps on special teams against New England last month.

At Clemson, the 22-year-old was part of a dominant Clemson defensive line that also featured 2019 first-round draft picks Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell.

Huggins finished his four-year collegiate carer with 69 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and one interception in 34 games.

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In April, just before the NFL Draft, Huggins gave credit to all those who helped him prepare for a shot at playing in the National Football League, including Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

"Coach Swinney, he ingrains things in us man, that won't ever leave us," Huggins said. "I really feel like coach has made me a better person, better player, actually gave me an opportunity.

"I know some folks don't get the opportunity, so I'm just thankful coach gave me the opportunity to go out there and show my talents, and here we are now."

Huggins is joined on the Eagles practice squad by third-year pro tailback Deangelo Henderson Jr. (Coastal Carolina) and rookie wide receiver Marken Michel (Massachusetts, brother of New England tailback Sony Michel).

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foot surgery

Former Calhoun County High School and University of South Carolina standout wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, after a major foot injury this past Monday in an overtime win against the New York Giants. 

Jeffery will have surgery to correct a Lisfranc foot injury, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday, with an estimated 9-month recovery period.

Jeffery played in 10 games and finished with 43 catches for 490 yards and four touchdowns. His totals were the lowest since his rookie season, and his 11.4-yards-per-catch average was the lowest of his eight-year career.

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