Jeremiah Trotter, who started for the Redskins at middle linebacker in 2002-03, is back with the Eagles for a third tour of duty.
Trotter, who made the Pro Bowl four times for Philadelphia (2000-01 and 2004-05), last played for Tampa Bay in 2007.
The Eagles released quarterback Jeff Garcia to make room for Trotter, meaning that they expect starter Donovan McNabb, who missed the past two games with a rib injury, to return after this week’s bye.
“Jeremiah Trotter has always been one of my favorite players,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He has worked very hard to keep himself in shape and we are pleased with where he is physically. We are excited to give him an opportunity to contribute to our football team.”
The Eagles lost starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley to a knee injury in preseason. Omar Gaither has taken Bradley’s place as Philadelphia has allowed 72 points in three games and ranks 15th against the run.
Philadelphia visits Washington on Monday Night Football on Oct. 26.
— David Elfin